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Postby john sefton » Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:33 pm

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The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship. Built in 1869, she served as a merchant vessel (the last clipper to be built for that purpose), and then as a training ship until being put on public display in 1954. She is preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, London. However, the ship was badly damaged in a fire on 21 May 2007 while undergoing extensive restoration. The Cutty Sark is the only remaining original Clipper ship from the 1800s.
She was designed by Hercules Linton and built in 1869 at Dumbarton, Scotland, by the firm of Scott & Linton, for Captain John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis; Cutty Sark was launched on November 22 of that year, and after Scott & Linton was liquidated she was completed by William Denny & Brothers for John Willis & Son.

Cutty Sark was destined for the tea trade, then an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London, with immense profits to the ship to arrive with the first tea of the year. However, she did not distinguish herself; in the most famous race, against Thermopylae in 1872, both ships left Shanghai together on June 18, but two weeks later Cutty Sark lost her rudder after passing through the Sunda Strait, and arrived in London on October 18, a week after Thermopylae, a total passage of 122 days. Her legendary reputation is supported by the fact that her captain chose to continue this race with an improvised rudder instead of putting into port for a replacement, yet was only beaten by one week.

In the end, clippers lost out to steamships, which could pass through the recently-opened Suez Canal and deliver goods more reliably, if not quite so quickly, which proved to be better for business. Notably, during the transition period to steam the Cutty Sark sailed faster than some steamships including mail packets on a destination and condition basis Cutty Sark was then used on the Australian wool trade. Under the respected Captain Richard Woodget, she did very well, posting Australia-to-Britain times of as little as 67 days. Her best run, 360 nautical miles (666 km) in 24 hours (an average 15 kn (28 km/h), was said to have been the fastest of any ship of her size.

In 1895 Willis sold her to the Portuguese firm Ferreira and she was renamed Ferreira after the firm, although her crews referred to her as Pequena Camisola ("little shirt", a straight translation of the Scots "cutty sark"). In 1916 she was dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope, sold, re-rigged in Cape Town as a barquentine, and renamed Maria do Amparo. In 1922 she was bought by Captain Wilfred Dowman, who restored her to her original appearance and used her as a stationary training ship in Greenhithe, Kent. In 1954 she was moved to a custom-built dry-dock at Greenwich.
The Cutty Sark was preserved as a museum ship, and has since become a popular tourist attraction, and part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection. She is located near the centre of Greenwich, in south-east London, close aboard the National Maritime Museum, the former Greenwich Hospital, and Greenwich Park. She is also a prominent landmark on the route of the London Marathon. She usually flies signal flags from her ensign halyard reading "JKWS", which is the code representing Cutty Sark in the International Code of Signals, introduced in 1857.

The ship is in the care of the Cutty Sark Trust, whose president, the Duke of Edinburgh, was instrumental in ensuring her preservation, when he set up the Cutty Sark Society in 1951. The Trust replaced the Society in 2000. She is a Grade I listed monument and is on the Buildings At Risk Register.

Cutty Sark station on the Docklands Light Railway is one minute's walk away, with connections to central London and the London Underground. Greenwich Pier is next to the ship, and is served by scheduled river boats from piers in central London. A tourist information office stands to the east of the ship.
On the morning of 21 May 2007 the Cutty Sark, which had been closed and partly dismantled for conservation work, caught fire, and burned for several hours before the London Fire Brigade could bring the fire under control. Initial reports indicated that the damage was extensive, with most of the wooden structure in the centre having been lost.[8]

Oscar-winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer has aided in the repair and restoration of the Cutty Sark. A collection of photos taken by Bruckheimer went on display in London in November 2007 to help raise money for the Cutty Sark Conservation Project. The exhibition featured more than thirty pictures taken on set during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End[15]

In January 2008 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Cutty Sark Trust another £10 million towards the restoration of the ship, meaning that the Trust had now achieved £30 million of the £35 million needed for the completion of the project.

In June 2008, Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer donated the final £3.3 million need to fully restore the ship.

The $1 stamp of the Bermuda set shows the "Cutty Sark" Trophy for International Understanding — a silver model of the famous clipper. The prize is awarded by the vote of all ships masters in the Tall Ships' Race. Those in the big ship class. Class A, also compete for the Cape Horn Trophy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutty_Sark

Bermuda SG366. Australia SG911,Bhutan SG810ms, Brit Indian Ocean SG228, MS234, Falkland Is SG581, Gambia SG2920ms, GB SG781, Grenada SG3156ms, Madagascar SG1009, Maldive Is SG591, Penrhyn Is SG206,311,3548,O33,O36, Sierra Leone SG2632.

The restoration photographs were kindly supplied by Shannon Randall.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:44 am

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Penrhyn 1983 $1.20 on $2 sg311
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Arturo » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:13 pm

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Tanzania, 1999, S.G.?, Scott; 1821.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Arturo » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:40 pm

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Burkina Faso 1999, S.G.?, Scott: 11326.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Anatol » Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:05 pm

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Tristan da Cunha2000;1,50;50p;SG? Grenada/Carriacou&Petite Martinique2001;6d;SG? Djibouti2009;200f;SG? ;2013;600f;SG? Penrhyn1984;5d;SG354. Madagascar1993;1000f;SG1009. Togo2011;750f;SG?
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Anatol » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:52 pm

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The design stamp is made after painting of Roger Morris: «The Cutty Sark under all plain sail in the Formosa Strait». Painter write: «The Cutty Sark is well known enough to require no futher detail. I have depicted her as she was when in the tea trade from China, homeward bound through the Formosa Strait. The fishing junks are from Amoy and are especially designed to ride the seas of the often stormy strait».
Malawi 2011;k150;SG? Source:http://www.seapainter.com/Cutty_Sark.Formosa_Strait.html
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