An article in such a respectable media as TimeOut London is very useful:
Especially at this time, when jolly projects like Cutty Sark2 could not be considered as perfectly appropriate.
Pushing the boat out: help fund the new cutty sark.
A group of Cutty Sark-enthusiasts aren’t content with just one big boat – they want to build another that can actually set sail. The original ship was one of the fastest sailing ships of its day back in the 1800s but it now sits in a permanent dry dock in Greenwich, after it became obsolete in 1954. The organisers behind the project have started a crowdfunding campaign, so if you’ve also got a passion for giant boats, you can help them fund a full-size seagoing replica by 2019 – the 150th anniversary of the Cutty Sark’s launch. Ahoy!
Did you know that Cutty Sark’s name derives from the famous poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ by Robert Burns?
There is an old Scottish legend about a farmer called Tam O’Shanter who is chased by a scantily-clad witch ‘Nannie’, dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’an archaic Scottish name for a short nightdress. This legend was turned into a poem by Robert Burns. The character of Nannie in the poem is depicted as the figurehead which adorns Cutty Sark’s bow.
Jock Willis, the original owner of the ship, chose the name Cutty Sark, which was allegedly suggested to him by the ship’s designer, Hercules Linton. It is a rather peculiar name for a ship, as in legend, witches are unable to cross water.
Jock Willis was a well-read man who enjoyed poetry. During his time as a ship’s captain, he would read French novels in his cabin. He also named one of his other ships the Hallowe’en, the title of another Burns poem. Although “Cutty Sark” was a little unusual, it certainly suits a sleek, swift tea clipper, giving her an air of magic and mystery.
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