History

Cutty Sark has travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag, visiting every major port in the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922. Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving at her current resting place in Greenwich in 1954.

Oral History

We actively encourage people who have interesting memories of their time aboard Cutty Sark to contact the Curator and take part in our oral history project. It could be that you are a former cadet who trained on board the ship at Falmouth or at Greenhithe, or you may have witnessed the vessel coming to Greenwich in 1954, or have visited the ship when it first opened to the public in 1957. If you have any special memories you would like to share with us, please get in touch. We have already recorded about 30 interviews which will be used in the interpretation of the ship and for research purposes. 

If you would like to discuss this or any other aspect of the history of the ship or its collection, please e-mail enquiries@cuttysark.org.uk or telephone 020 8858 2698.

Cutty Sark by Chapelet
Cutty Sark successfully collected her last Chinese tea cargo in 1877. In December of that year, the ship departed London bound for Sydney...
Cutty Sark under sail, 1880s (thumb)
In July 1883, Cutty Sark left Gravesend bound for Newcastle N.S.W, arriving in October. After loading 4289 bales of wool and 12 casks of...
Ferreira (Cutty Sark) at Birkenhead c1910
After being sold to J. Ferreira & Co. Cutty Sark was renamed the Ferreira. Reminiscent of her days in the late 1870s and early 1880s,...
Cutty Sark entering dry dock at Greenwich 1954
After saving Cutty Sark for the nation, Wilfred Dowman restored the ship to a close approximation of her appearance as a tea and wool...
Hercules Linton (thumb)
On the afternoon of Monday, 22nd November 1869, a beautiful little clipper ship of 963 tons gross was launched at Dumbarton on the River...
Her Majesty the Queen re-opens Cutty Sark, 25 April 2012
On 25 April 2012, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, officially re-opened Cutty Sark.
Cutty Sark by a Chinese artist (thumb)
On 16 February 1870, Cutty Sark left London bound for Shanghai, via the Cape of Good Hope, on her first voyage.