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Cutty Sark to be restored

The Cutty Sark is the only remaining tea clipper in the world. She was launched in 1869 to bring back the lucrative first harvest of tea in India, and beat the competition to the tea pots of Britain. She was once the fastest ship in the world, and her life expectancy was thirty years.

She outlived all projections, and is about to see £25 million of conservation and restoration. In dry dock in Greenwich, she is a spectacular sight even now. The restoration will include stripping her deck, which was cheaply restored in the 1950s, and replacing it with solid teak.