Factfile: The Cutty Sark

  • The world's last remaining tea clipper, it is now 143 years old
  • A restoration project for the vessel cost £50 million
  • The 2007 fire was caused by a vacuum cleaner that had been left on
  • The clipper is now displayed more than 11ft above its dry berth in Greenwich, south east London
  • The space under the three-masted vessel is home to an interactive museum
  • Most of the fixtures and fittings were removed before the fire so visitors can still see many original features on deck
  • The Duke of Edinburgh has a long association with the ship and co-founded the Cutty Sark Society in 1951 to safeguard the vessel
  • He came to Greenwich soon after the fire to assess the damage for himself and passed on advice gained from the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992

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Queen unveils new Cutty Sark

After surviving the roughest seas and a devastating fire, a restored Cutty Sark has been unveiled by the Queen after a £50 million restoration project.