Cutty Sark, The Great Tea Clipper!

Allan C. Green [Public domain]

Cutty Sark is a British clipper vessel built for the Jock Willis Shipping Line on the Leven River, Dunbarton, Scotland, 1869.

With the opening of the Suez Canal (in 1869) the steamships took over in the tea trade route to China and Cutty Sark started to be used in Australia’s wool trade.

Almost one decade after and with the advance in steam technology, Cutty Sark replaced by steamships in Australia’s wool trade.

In 1895 the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. and renamed Ferreira where it continued as a cargo ship.

Captain Wilfred Dowman will purchase Cutty Sark in 1922 to be used as a training vessel operating in Falmouth, Cornwall.

After her death, Cutty Sark was transferred to Thames Nautical Training College in Greenhithe in 1938, where she became a cadet training aisle alongside HMS Worcester.

In 1954 it was no longer useful as a cadetship and was moved to a permanent dry dock in Greenwich, London for public viewing.

The Cutty Sark is listed by the National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet and is one of only three remaining composite construction (wood hull on iron frame) clippers in part or all.

If you are travelling to London, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Greenwich and this stunning piece of history. Plan your visit and find further details on Cutty Sark at

If you have visit Cutty Sark share your experience with us using the comments box below!

1 comment

  1. This is an amazing site to visit. We started our journey from Westminster in a river cruise to Greenwich and returned by train. is was a good idea to spend few hour in Greenwich where we had the chance to visit the Cutty Sark and local shops. Is a nice experience it worth the try!

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