London- Imagine to have the chance to sail all the seas;imagine of having to carry out an important task, imagine being able to become a legend after having served your country.
The Cutty Sark did all theese things during his long life. Born in 1869,she was created to navigate the routes between Great Britain and China to bring té and spices from Asia. This ship was strongly desired by the shipowner Jhon Willis who entrust the project to Hercules Linton, after a year of hard working the newborn Cutty Sark was ready to sail!She had a lot of peculiarities starting from the name:in fact Cutty Sark it’s a scottish nickname wich the poet Robert Burns gave to the witch Nannie Dee in his poem Tam ‘O Shanter;in fact there’s a sculpture of the figurehead of the ship wich represents the wich Nannie herself.
The ship took part in the legendary “tè rush”but both the spread of the faser steamboats both the opening of the Suez Canal made life hard for the “Cutty Sark”,wich anyway, made a good impression, even if she had a huge problem with the helm during the race.
After having served England, firstly joined to the australian fleet, than in he portughese one,where changed her name in Ferreira:the Cutty Sarkdidn’t exist anymore. Under the portuguese flag the ship, she carried out her duty until 1916 when, because of the breaking of the mainmast,she was modified to bring smaller veils.
She was bought by Wilfred Dowman who started the restoration of the ship completed by his wife in 1938, than she was exposed in Greenwich for the tourists. However her trubled life isn’t over yet:in 2007 a grat fire seriously damaged the Cutty wich has been half destroyed.
But the love and the respect that England have for her, bring the foundation wich takes care of the Cutty Sark to collect a sum of 10 milions of pounds for the restoration.
Nowdays the Cutty Sark is exposed in Greenwitch as one of the greatest symbols of England, a piece of history and iven if doesn’t sail anymore, his majesty still inspires awe and respect.