Nannie Cutty Sark figurehead

Half marathon notice

Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00 - 17.00
Included in venue ticket
Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark’s name derives from the famous poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns. 

The poem is about a farmer called Tam who is chased by a scantily-clad witch called Nannie, dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’ - an archaic Scottish name for a short nightdress. Cutty Sark’s figurehead is a depiction of Nannie.

Nannie can be seen holding out a horse's tail at the centre of the ship's figureheads collection under the ship's hull. The original figurehead carved by Fredrick Hellyer lost its head and an arm in a storm in the late 19th century. It was found on board and repaired in 1970.

A replica commissioned in 1956 and made in 1957 can be seen outside on the bow of the ship.

See the world's largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads

Cutty Sark characters: meet Nannie the Witch

Cutty Sark is open daily, 10am-5pm 

Explore this legendary 19th-century sailing ship, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time.

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