The oldest surviving tea clipper where that visitors can explore inside and underneath the vessel
Cutty Sark, a true London landmark and national icon of British maritime history, re-opens to the public on 26 April 2012 following an extensive conservation project. The re-launch marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the extraordinary life of the world famous clipper: a new and immersive experience allows visitors to venture both underneath and aboard this beautiful three-masted sailing ship. Cutty Sark has been raised three metres above her dry dock and for the first time visitors can walk underneath the elevated ship making it possible to view the elegant lines of her hull which enabled her to glide speedily through the water, making her so successful. On board, visitors can explore the ship's rich and tumultuous history; her various cargoes from tea to wool to buffalo horns, and the cultures and lives she has touched throughout her 140-year lifespan.