Nannie Cutty Sark figurehead


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Opening times: 
10.00 - 17.00
Cutty Sark

Nannie the witch is Cutty Sark's figurehead. 

Included with entry ticket to Cutty Sark

  • Visit Nannie the figurehead on the exterior of the ship. This Nannie is a replica figurehead, made in 1957. 
  • See the original figurehead, carved by Frederick Hellyer. This version of Nannie was damaged in a storm in the late 19th century. It was found aboard and repaired in 1970, and now sits within our Long John Silver figurehead collection. 

The story of Nannie

Nannie the figurehead comes from Tam O'Shanter, a poem by Robert Burns. In the poem Tam is a farmer who is chased by a scantily-clad witch called Nannie. Nannie is dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’ - an archaic Scottish name for a short nightdress. Cutty Sark’s figurehead is a depiction of Nannie the witch, holding a horse's tail. 

Find out more about how Cutty Sark got its name

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