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


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.