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....what dreadful news to wake up to this morning!! :(

I never went aboard her but sat and ate my picnic lunch beside her a couple of years ago...what a dreadful historic loss this is to the maritime world.

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Dreadful is right. Very, very sad. I didn't have a chance to tour the ship, but I walked around her and have a pic or two.

Watching the video of the fire on the Sky News site. Big fire, can't imagine much left.

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I just posted about this on Misc. Ive been watching it all morning on the news and it makes me so sad and angry. I felt all my ancestors turning in their grave.
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One of Britain's best known tourist attractions and possibly the most famous ship in the world, the Cutty Sark, has been substantially damaged by a huge fire.
Eight fire engines were called to the scene in Greenwich, south east London shortly before 5am.

The Cutty Sark in flamesThe fire is being treated as suspicious. There are no reports of any injuries.

Ian Allchin from the London Fire Brigade said: "There is substantial damage to the ship and we'll be here for several hours."

Greenwich town centre was shut to traffic for more than an hour.

Some roads have now reopened but disruption and delays are expected to affect the surrounding area for many hours.


After the blazeThe Docklands Light Railway has been closed and some residents are being evacuated from their homes.

The ship has been closed to the public for extensive renovation work. It was due to reopen in 2009.

Chris Levett, the chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, said that while the ship's decks were "unsalvageable", the damage did not appear as bad as originally feared and he was confident it could be restored.


In its former glory"It will be the old ship. The ship has been through many things in its lifetime. It has sailed the oceans of the world, it has battled with nature through its life," he said.

"This is going to make us even more determined to get this ship back up and running and keep her as original as possible."

The Clyde-built Cutty Sark was, in 1869, one of the last sailing clippers to be built.

She was destined for the tea trade - an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London, with immense profits for the ship to arrive with the first tea of the year.


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Sheila wrote:
I just posted about this on Misc.

Since you reposted your post here, I've deleted the one in Misc.

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susan wrote:
Sheila wrote:
I just posted about this on Misc.

Since you reposted your post here, I've deleted the one in Misc.


Thank you!


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I just saw the news and then checked here. What an absolute disaster!

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After watching more news tonight it seems that they had already removed some of the best parts for restoration (figure head, masts etc)which are being stored safely at Chatham. So although a disaster it's not a complete disaster...thank heavens!


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Wonderful news about the Cutty Sark. It looks like her future is assured.

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.... further news on the Cutty Sark: work completed by 2010.



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Terrible hearing about the vacuum cleaner and the lazy guards. :x

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The latest news - and what good news it is!

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They have a bunch of videos on Youtube showing some of the restoration activity.

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....great to see the restored ship during the televising of the London Marathon yesterday. The pictures don't show them, but there were folks sitting on the yards; bet they had a great view.

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There's been a bit of discussion about the "look" of the ship/structure, not to mention the controversy surrounding the way she is now supported in the dry dock.

Thoughts?

I don't like the glass structure. :( It looks "wrong."

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susan wrote:
There's been a bit of discussion about the "look" of the ship/structure, not to mention the controversy surrounding the way she is now supported in the dry dock. Thoughts? I don't like the glass structure. :( It looks "wrong."

I agree that the glass structure looks too modern in contrast to the age of the ship. It takes a while to adjust to the image. However, after staring at it for awhile, I found it to be a strangely beautiful way to represent the rolling sea. Is that what the designers were attempting?

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