Nannie Cutty Sark figurehead

Cutty Sark internal lift closure

Cutty Sark's internal lift is out of order so there is currently limited wheelchair access to the site and the Tween deck is inaccessible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

 

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00 - 17.00
Admission: 
Ticketed
Location: 
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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