Cutty Sark facts and figures

Jock Willis painting Jock WillisName of ship: Cutty Sark
Date of launch: 22 November 1869
Built by: Scott & Linton, Dumbarton, Scotland
Type of hull construction: Composite clipper ship
Built for: John Willis, Willis & Sons
Cost: £16,150
Gross tonnage: 963 tons
Net tonnage: 921 tons
Sail area: 32,000 sq. ft. (2,976 sq. m)
Number of sails: 32 sails
Rigging: 11 miles
Length: 212.5ft (64.8m)
Length overall: 280ft (85.4m)
Beam: 36ft (11m)
Registered depth: 21ft (6.4m)
Moulded depth: 22.5ft (6.9m)
Height of main mast: 152ft (47m)
Top speed: Over 17 knots

Cutty Sark flagsShip's flags

Cutty Sark flew signal flags representing the letters J K W S (depicting the name of the owner, JocK WilliS) and from her main mast flew the Willis House flag – blue background with white diamond and red cross in the centre.

Certificate of Registry

Original specification of Cutty Sark Certificate of RegistryEvery ship of 15 tons or more built after 1786 was required by law to be registered in its home port. The ship's Certificate of Registry recorded information about the vessel, such as dimensions, name of owner, home port and registered tonnage.

Owners of Cutty Sark

1869-1895 John Willis, Willis & Sons
1895-1922 Ferreira & Company (vessel renamed 'Ferreira')
1922-1922 Companhia Nacional ce Navegacao (vessel renamed 'Maria do Amparo')
1922-1938 Captain Wilfred Dowman, Falmouth (vessel renamed 'Cutty Sark')
1938-1953 The Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe
1953-1955 The "Cutty Sark" Preservation Society
1955-1989 The "Cutty Sark" Society
1973-1989 The Maritime Trust (managing agents for The "Cutty Sark" Society)
1989-1990 The "Cutty Sark" Maritime Trust
1990-2000 The Maritime Trust
2000-2004 The Cutty Sark Trust

Original Specification

This specification was drawn up by the original owner of the ship, John Willis, and presented to the designers, William Scott-Moncrieff and Hercules Linton. The information given is not necessarily correct as built, but defined John Willis' requirements for his new ship prior to construction.