Cutty Sark. Cliper. 77x58x12cm.

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In 1869, the Cutty Sark was one of the last sailing ships of type clipper in be constructed. It is preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, London.

It owes its name to a fictional character called Cutty Sark, a witch dancing of a comic poem by Robert Burns published in 1791. It was designed by naval engineer Hercules Linton and built in 1869 in Dumbarton (Scotland) by Scott & Linton. She was launched on 23 November of that same year.

Cutty Sark was destined for the trade of tea which at that time was very active in the lines between China and London. This trade generated great benefits if it reached Britain with the first tea of the season. His beginnings were not very promising. In the career of 1872 against Thermopylae clipper tea both ships left Shanghai together on June 18 but the Cutty Sark was lifted two weeks later after suffering a malfunction in the rudder to its passage through the Sunda Strait. He arrived in London on October 18, a week after the Thermopylae. Despite the fact that he had lost the race, Cutty Sark became famous because her captain chose to continue the journey with a rudder before impromptu stop at a port to carry out repairs.

At the end of the 19th century the clipper were replaced by the Steamboats on the stroke of tea. They could pass through the Suez Canal and, in addition, the delivery of the cargo was more reliable. Cutty Sark was then earmarked for trade in wool with Australia. Under the leadership of the respected captain Richard Woodget managed to transport loads of wool in only 67 days. At this time got his best record, 360 nautical miles (666 kilometers) in 24 hours of sailing at an average of 15 knots (27.7 km/h).

Cutty Sark preserved today as barco-museo and constitutes one of the main attractions of Greenwich.

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