Thursday, November 22, 2007

All The Kings Horses And All The King's Men Will Put The Cutty Back Together Again

After they have totally dismantled her that is.

Six months ago, there were fears a ferocious blaze could have put an end to an ambitious conservation project to return the Cutty Sark to its former glory. Now a £14m funding shortfall is causing concern.

But a look behind the scenes at the famous ship's dry dock in Greenwich, south-east London, reveals work to resurrect the historic tea clipper is continuing apace - and shows no signs of slowing down.

In its heyday in the late 19th century, the Cutty Sark was crewed by hardy seamen who guided the craft halfway across the world to collect a lucrative cargo of fresh tea from China.

The good news is that the bad news relates to:

Mr Archer said three decks were reduced to ashes by the fire but two of them were not made of the original wood and one was rotten and in need of replacement anyway.
"We only lost five percent of original material. And the fire is now going to be part of its future story," he said.

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