The Cutty Sark Conservation Project   Greenwich, UK

The world’s only surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark is one of the most distinctive attractions of Greenwich’s Royal Museums.


Built by Scott and Linton in Dumbarton, Scotland and launched in 1869, the vessel epitomises the importance of tea trade in the 18th century and was the fastest boat in her time.

Part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to restore and provide a new dry berth for the clipper, the design raises the boat 3 m higher than its former position – illuminating the revolutionary hull shape that defines the craft.

Cradled by a supporting structure, the elevated ship now allows visitors the striking experience of walking beneath the composite construction of the gleaming copper-clad hull, while also giving access to the original interior of the cargo-carrying vessel.

Enclosed by a glazed canopy that reaches to the ship’s waterline, the project’s fully accessible interior space includes an educational and events platform, a café and visitor amenities.

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Our solution, a world first, will secure Cutty Sark's future so that she can continue to inspire many new generations of adventurers

Richard Doughty, the Cutty Sark Trust

Greenwich, UK

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Cutty Sark Trust