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Model of Cutty Sark - Scratch built model

Model of Cutty Sark - Scratch built model

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This is a scratch-built detailed scale model using the plank on frame (teak wood) technique. The sails are made of cotton with very detailed rigging, the latter being of an exceptionally high quality.

The model is supplied fully assembled and box packing is included in the price.
The Cutty Sark was a famous English tea clipper that was built in 1869 and originally used for the China tea trade. It was one of the last clipper ships built before the steam powered ships took over the route. The name Cutty Sark is derived from the poem Tam OShanter by Robert Burns and means short skirt in Scottish.
Our Cutty Sark model ships are handcrafted and ready to display.  The intricate designs of these vessels are perfect replicas down to the smallest detail for realistic models that make a perfect addition to any collection. The Cutty Sark makes a great gift.
Among the most famous old sailing ships still extant, Cutty Sark was one of the last clippers built for the China tea trade. Ordered by Captain John Willis of London, her hull was of composite construction, with teak planking on iron frames.

Cutty Sark's name is short Scottish for short shirt and comes from the Robert Burns poem Tam OShanter. The reason for his choice of name is not known.

Willis's insistence that only the finest materials be used in the construction of the Cutty Sark resulted in the bankruptcy of her original builders. Denny Brothers, who took over their yard, then oversaw her completion.

Even though she lost one of her most dramatic encounters with her main rival, Thermopylae, she still acquired the admiration of London, for the persistence of her crew. She completed a 16,000-mile journey in one hundred and nineteen days, by no means an illustrious feat; the admiration was the inventiveness of her crew in building makeshift rudders twice, as she had lost her rudder in severe gales.

The advent of the steamships and the opening of the Suez Canal meant that clippers were no longer economic, and by 1878, clippers were out of the tea trade. A number of unfortunate accidents happened on board the ship between 1878 and 1883. These included a murder and one of her Captains (Captain Wallace) going mad and jumping overboard.

In 1883 however, things were about to change for the clipper ship. She did the return journey from England to Australia (under Captain W. Moore) with a cargo of wool through the Cape of Good Hope in seventy-nine days. As with the tea trade, speed was also a critical factor for the wool trade.

Richard Woodget, 
who became Cutty Sark most celebrated master, succeeded Moore. Her best run was in 1888, where she did the journey in sixty-nine days, shaving an amazing ten days off her previous record.

She completed her last journey to Australia in 1895, and was sold to J. A. Ferreira of Lisbon. Four years later, she was again sold to the Cia de Navegacao de Portugal and was renamed 
Maria di Amparo.

In 1922, she was in Falmouth, when Captain Wilfred Dowman spotted her. Later that year, he purchased the ship at his own expense and brought her back to England and re-named her by her famous name. She was restored for use as a full-rigged training ship at Falmouth.

When Dowman died in 1936, his widow donated the ship to the 
Thames Nautical Training College. In 1952, the Cutty Sark Preservation Society came together under the auspices of Frank Carr, Director of the National Maritime Museum. Finally in 1954, she was opened as a museum at Greenwich.

Cutty Sark has had tremendous international renown since 1923 when the London vintners Berry Bros. & Rudd, Ltd., named their blended Scotch whisky by her name.

Two years after the ship opened to the public, Cutty Sark began her sponsorship of tall-ship races of the 
International Sail Training Association.


Small size: Length 84 cm, height 67cms, width 22cms.

Large size: Length 118cms, height 77cms, width 39cms.

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