Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cutty Sark [British ship fire]

Off topic

From: "Wendell Huffman" wwhuffma@clan.lib.nv.us

Sorry for the topic swing, but seeing you are in England I have to ask:

Do you know if Cutty Sark was demasted before or by the fire? I hope the spars and rigging were removed for some reason before the fire and that they are thus saved. A really sad event to be sure.

—Wendell Huffman


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Randall Hees" hees@rcn.com

My understanding was that the ship was undergoing a significant restoration, and all "historic" material had been removed, along with much of the deck.

I strongly suspect (but don't know for certain) that such a rebuilding would start with removal of all but the fore, main and mizzen main (lowest portion) of each mast.

It sounds like the ship will survive to be rebuilt, with a significant amount of historic fabric, especially the details or jewelry as we railroaders call it.

—Randy Hees

5/22/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder" johnsnyder@onetel.com

Yes, the masts & spars, plus a good portion of the main deck and most fittings had previously been removed and are in storage at Chatham Dockyard as she was well into her refit – the one silver lining in a very dark cloud.

—John Snyder, White Ensign Models

5/23/2007 9:08 AM  

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