Historic vessel to be hung in mid air
The £25m Cutty Sark Conservation Project started last November and is now well underway. The project is designed to preserve both the fabric of the 19th century merchant ship and public interest in her future, dramatically changing the way in which she is presented to the public.
The vessel will be lifted and suspended three metres above her current position, allowing visitors to walk, dine or dance under her and, for the first time, be able to properly appreciate her beautiful shape – the very reason why she has been famous since the 1870s. A sophisticated glass apron meeting the ship at the waterline will give year round protection to visitors in the dry berth and to the lower hull itself. Lifts in the dry berth and in the ship itself will allow everyone on board and onto each deck.
Although the ship is presently closed for work to take place, from Easter this year there will be a pavilion alongside where visitors will be able to learn about conservation techniques and plans for the ship. Film shows about the project, displays about the science of saving the ship, and interactive CCTV cameras will enable visitors to see the works taking place before their very eyes.
The current plan is to begin opening the newly conserved ship to the public in Autumn 2008.
Thanks to its supporters, the Cutty Sark Trust has raised almost £20m, but is looking for further financial contributions to close the funding gap. Please contact the Trust if you are able to help.