Cutty Sark Fire Described as Tragic

Monday, May 21, 2007
Jonathan Griffin, Director of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, described this morning’s fire on the Cutty Sark as “tragic.” He continues: “The news of the damage to the Cutty Sark this morning is obviously tragic. She is an iconic symbol of our great maritime trading past.

From what we hear, it seems that a large part of the famous ship has been destroyed by fire although we hear encouraging news that around 50% of the fabric was off site at the time. The Cutty Sark was moored in Falmouth between 1922 and 1938 and was restored here by Captain Dowman, becoming a well-known local landmark. She then became a sail-training ship, coming and going from the port, until in 1954 she made her last voyage to dry dock in Greenwich. The condition of her ironwork and woodwork had been deteriorating in recent years and a major conservation program was under way. It was for this reason that much of the fabric was off site. We will have to wait until a full assessment has been done by the conservators to work out what happens next. She has survived before and we must hope that she will survive again to bring pleasure to future generations. She is 138 years old: not bad for a ship which was originally expected to last for only 30 years.”

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

China Merchant Boosts Efficiency of VLCCs with Jotun HP

China Merchant Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES) will upgrade the antifouling solution on their VLCCs New Builds at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC)

ESAB Boasts Over a Century of Technological Innovation

September 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. A world leader in welding and cutting technology, with the broadest, most complete

SMM 2014 Witnesses Record Turnout

SMM was another full success. With more than 2,100 exhibitors from all around the world, including 150 first-timers, with 50,000 industry visitors and roughly 90,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1641 sec (6 req/sec)