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Cutty Sark Models: History and Features of the Last Clipper Ship

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Cutty Sark Models: History and Features of the Last Clipper Ship

Cutty Sark models are a favorite amongst sea and ship lovers

The Cutty Sark models are a favorite amongst sea and ship lovers as they bring back the exhilaration and the memories of the high seas for many. Replicas of a clipper ship that was built in 1869, the Cutty Sark models are available in various sizes and for various budgets. The models are based on the original ship that is currently preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, London. The ship is highly admired and remembered for its design and speed which suited the rough seas of the southern hemisphere and ensured that it won wool races several times. Cutty Sark was able to beat its arch rival Thermopylae on five occasions.

History and Importance of the Cutty Sark Models

The Cutty Sark is one of the three ships in London which is on the Core Collection of the National Historic Ships Register. The other two ships on the list are the HMS Belfast and SS Robin. The Cutty Sark was damaged by fire in May 2007 while undergoing conservation and is currently being restored. Likely to reopen in 2012, the Cutty Sark belongs to the clipper category which refers to fast sailing ships of the 19th century having three or more masts and a square rig. The main feature of these clipper ships is that they could carry limited bulk freight while having a large total sail area. Here are certain facts about the Cutty Sark:

  • The ship was designed by Hercules Linton and built in 1869 at Dumbarton, Scotland to out sail Thermopyale.
  • The ship’s planking, deadwoods, stems etc were made of American rock alm and secured by brass bolts.
  • The ship was 212 feet 5 inches (64.74 m) long with a draft of 21 feet (6.40 m) and deadweight of 921 tons.
  • The ship was launched on November 22, 1869 under Captain John Willis.
  • The Cutty Sark participated in a tea race in 1872 but lost the same by a week due to the loss of her rudder. The ship and the crew are greatly remembered for their persistence in continuing with the race by building makeshift rudders.
  • The Cutty Sark regained its reputation and won the wool race several times beating its arch rival Thermopylae.
  • The emergence and popularity of steamships forced Cutty Sark’s owners to sell it to a Portuguese firm Ferreira in 1895.
  • The ship was again sold to the Cia De Navegação De Portugal after four years and renamed Maria Di Amparo.
  • The Cutty Sark was restored as a tea clipper in 1924 after having been brought back in 1922.
  • The ship was damaged in 1952 due to a collision and sent to a custom built dry dock after repairs in 1954.


Cutty Sark Models: Features

Cutty Sark models are available in various sizes and totally handcrafted from the scratch.

Here are some features of these models:

  • The hull of the model is build on the basis of plank on frame technique
  • Copper plating has been done on the hull.
  • The colors used match with the original ship
  • Decks are made of teak wood and finished with good quality varnish
  • The ship’s figurehead is metallic and the masts have been made of solid wood
  • The model has been designed after studying the original ship and its pictures.

Cutty Sark models are fully assembled and ready to be shipped any time.

You will find a range of wooden model ships at Premier Ship Models, well known online retailer.



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