The Cutty Sark Restoration

Over on the Greenwich forum, Gema is rounding up reaction to the Cutty Sark restoration, including this fantastic blog by Lara Ruffle, which features some stunning photos. She says:

Wonderfully, the concrete sides from the previous dry dock haven’t been covered up and you can see the differences between the 1950s refurbishment and now. This practice has been maintained throughout as the new metalwork added to the ship, to make it structurally sound, has been painted grey and the original metalwork has been painted white.

We have a few reservation of the external view with the glass canopy, but overall this project looks like a belated triumph.

See also: Former ship's illustrator Sarah McIntyre's post.

17 comments:

Rebecca Portsmouth said...

Fab. Sarah McIntyre (Jabberworks) also gave her perspective yesterday too.

http://jabberworks.livejournal.com/472332.html

Brockley Nick said...

Good point, added.

Brockley Kiwi said...

I was down in Greenwich on Saturday and it dows look stunning.

I have mixed views about the glass surrounding structure. Whilst it's quite innovative it prevents you getting a complete view of the ship from bottom of the hull to the top of the mast. Perhaps a better solution would have been to only have it running down a single side.

Only a small point and its great to have the old lady back to here former glory ... she really brings the river front to life.

Gema said...

I also had reservations regarding the 'greenhouse' surrounding the Cutty Sark but once you are inside and see the space created beneath I think most people will be won over. I have very fond memories visiting the Cutty (pretty much every year when I was at infant/primary school) and while I appreciate that there are issues relating to the project, the result we have now is probably the best we are going to get (seeing that we cannot go back in time and remove the fire-inducing vacuum cleaner from the site). Anyway, for those who haven't been, reserve your judgement until you get a proper look - it's a different world when you are inside!

Lara Ruffle said...

Thank you! :-)

Anonymous said...

Johnny Depp should have launched it.

TM said...

I had hoped they would have put her back in the water where she belongs however I understand she would have been compromised too much by today's required safety adaptations.

Tell that to the Victorian sailors who went round the horn in her when she was "unsafe."

Won't stop me going down and standing under the keel though.

kolp said...

You can see the top of the Cutty Sark's masts from the top of Friendly Street.

Mb said...

Don't think is "elf and safety gone mad" as much as its simply too fragile. The restoration and strengthening is for a static installation only To make it seaworthy with the additional loads would be £££s, the iron frame was too far gone.

Shame though, would be a spectacular sight to see it in full sail.

Anonymous said...

You can also see the top of the masts from the London Bridge trains.

kolp said...

Oh yes, for those that care, the Queen will be Greenwich to launch the Cutty Sark attraction.

kolp said...

tomorrow morning that is.

Lara Ruffle said...

The boyfriend and I went to see The Queen and the D of E open the Cutty Sark this morning. He took this great photo >>> http://instagr.am/p/J1v95lr53s/

kolp said...

You must be part of official press to get that shot. I got two fleeting glimpses of the queen.

Must say i had to conceal my horror a what has been done to the Cutty Sark. but better than nowt i suppose...

Lara Ruffle said...

Not at all! We just stood in the rain at a barrier for an hour and a half!

Tamsin said...

What a brilliant photo! She's smiling (although that's not hard, she's used to smiling) the Duke of Edinborough is also in full shot looking well and fondly her, the reflection is all in sharp focus.

Tamsin said...

PS Dare I suggest you send a print in to the Palace - at the very least you ought to get back a nice letter from a lady in waiting.

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