We would like to invite you to join our project of constructing and sailing an exact replica of one of the most famous and perfect sailing ships in the history of the world – the tea clipper “Cutty Sark”. We have an ambitious plan – to build and then sail a replica of the clipper with the help and participation of the public.
Become part of the enthusiastic team that lives out the dream to revive the art of traditional sailing, a group that believes in adventure, team spirit and supports this magnificent project.
- To create interest and educate the public in the traditional skills of composite/wooden shipbuilding. And preserve our maritime heritage for future generations by building a replica of the clipper “Cutty Sark” as a sea going vessel.
- To promote education in the art of operating and maintaining ships under sail by providing training in seamanship to young people of all nations.
- To promote sail-powered shipping as an environmentally friendly alternative form of transport.
Why the Cutty Sark?
To promote sail training and tall ship racing.
Just as before, when the speed and the rivalry of the clipper ships quickly caught the public’s imagination, we believe that a replica of the Cutty Sark will bring back the glory and media attention to the world of Tall Ship Racing.
To promote environmentally friendly transport on the seas.
Delivering her cargo under sail, she was as beautiful as she was fast, the perfect sailing ship of her era. Now she will promote environmentally friendly transport by sea.
To save traditional skills and knowledge for future generations.
Cutty Sark is a composite-build (wood planked on iron frames) sailing ship and building the replica is a unique way to restore and save traditional skills and knowledge for future generations.
International trade and friendship.
The Cutty Sark was a ship of international trade; she has significance in worldwide maritime history, especially in the UK, Portugal, China, Australia and Brazil.
Anniversary of the launching of the original Cutty Sark.
The 150th Anniversary of the launching of the original Cutty Sark will occur on 22nd November 2019.
Would it not be remarkable if the launching of the New Cutty Sark could happen on this day, giving great symbolic meaning?
2015…2016 – Fundraising & Project documentation
The estimated cost of the project will be in the range of 19-24 million GBP. Cutty Sark’s international fame and its wide recognition will help to attract the attention of the widest possible audience.
The STI Tall Ship Races (popular International sailing ship regattas), which bore the name of the clipper Cutty Sark for many years, has created whole generations of potential active participants and supporters.
2017…2019 – Construction
We will recreate the environment and construction processes in use at the apex of the 19th century. Composite shipbuilding technology will be a fascinating process in itself. It will provide volumes of historic and scientific research data and become an absorbing and popular topic for strong media coverage.
2020… – Sailing
On completion, the new Cutty Sark 2 will be employed in several very different functions:
- As a living, breathing example of a Historic Sailing Ship, allowing the public to visit and admire the vessel in different ports all over the world.
- As a Sail Training Vessel, for young and old.
- As a “School at Sea” ship for young students.
- As a Cadet Training Ship.
- As a Commercial Vessel, a very special sail-powered cargo ship, transporting exotic cargoes from one port to another.
An Interactive museum
The process of building the Cutty Sark 2 will be open to the public.
Where possible, construction processes will be organised as a “performance” with interactive elements; a venue where everyone can see and touch “living“ history and take part; an excellent forum to arouse the attention of the media to international maritime history.
The ship must not only function as an interactive display but also be suitable for different operational roles – sail-training and cargo transportation.
We’ll create an environment where people will enjoy the teamwork, learning and socializing.
From the start, including identifying the sponsors and patrons, throughout the construction process and up to the launching of the vessel, we want this project to be permanently covered by the media.
We aim to interest various international TV channels to follow us throughout the process. The media will follow us to the rainforests in South Asia to cut the teak for the decks, and to northern America or Canada for oak for the hull. They will be able to see the ship taking shape and follow her launching and first adventures on the high seas!