The famous Cutty Sark – the Concorde of her day (built in 1869) – finally re-opens today, having been ravaged by fire five years ago. Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are re-opening this great maritime treasure, following an extensive conservation project and £25 million worth of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The re-opening to the public follows tomorrow and comes ahead of the London Olympics, making a welcome addition to the many tourist attractions that visitors can already enjoy in the City. The Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper and was the fastest and greatest of her time. The restoration work and re-opening means that you can now explore beneath the ship as she has also been raised 3 metres above her dry dock.