Weel done, Cutty-sark!

Over the summer images of Greenwich have been broadcast around the world. During the Olympic Games, Greenwich Park provided a stunning backdrop to the equestrian events. The towers of Canary Wharf made for a startlingly urban juxtaposition to the trees and grass of the park. Greenwich boasts many jewels such as the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College and Queen Anne’s House, but my favourite Greenwich icon is the Cutty Sark.

Since its epic restoration, the Cutty Sark has rested in its lofty new position some three metres above its previous home in a dry dock. The ship is located right next to the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and walking under the Thames provides a unique if leisurely way of reaching Greenwich. If you arrive via the tunnel, the sight of Cutty Sark looming over you as you emerge from the depths is truly stunning.

One of the first things I noticed when looking at the ship was the masthead – a bare breasted women thrusting a clump of hair aloft. Why did the ship have such an unusual masthead? And, come to think of it, why was it called Cutty Sark? I could easily have searched the internet and found out.

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