This handsome wooden ship, launched in 1869 when it was expected to last only 30 years, is today the only tea clipper left in the world and a symbol of English economic muscle. Against the odds, she still has nearly all of her fabric and riggings—a 2007 fire didn’t consume them because they were in storage for a restoration that was already underway. The restoration provided an opportunity for a lavish presentation (and to nearly triple the admission fees). Now she floats over a dry dock that’s skirted by a glass canopy so visitors can go inside, topside under tarps, and peep beneath her brassed keel. It’s a slight cheat, because she originally had a hull coated with Muntz metal, bitumen, and felt, but hey, she looks incredible. She’ll never be speedy again, but she’ll always look hot.
King William Walk, SE10
Our Rating Hours Mid-Sept to July 10am–5pm, late July to mid-Sept, 10am–6pm, last admission 1 hr before closing Transportation Tube: Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich river ferry, or Greenwich National Rail Phone 020/8312-6608 Prices £12.15 adults, £6.30 kids 5–15, £10.35 seniors/students, posted prices are higher and include a “voluntary donation.” Web site Cutty Sark
MapKing William Walk, SE10 London
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