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Cutty Sark descendents brought together in Greenwich

PUBLISHED: 12:13 30 May 2012

Cutty Sark descendents

Cutty Sark descendents

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More than 150 descendents of the Cutty Sark got together for the first time on board the famous Greenwich clipper which was reopened by the Queen this spring.

Genealogists have traced people as far afield as Canada to the ship and they met up in an event organised by sponsor HSB

They included the only children of a surviving crew member - 80-year-old Elizabeth Willbourn and her 77-year-old brother. Their father was Frank Dixon, apprentice and third mate on the ship from 1885 to 1889.

Also present was the youngest known descendent, the great-great-great-grandson of Joseph Gray, who was second mate from 1874 to 1875.

The chief executive of the Cutty Sark Trust Richard Doughty said: “Cutty Sark has touched the hearts of many individuals throughout the world which is why restoring her to her present glory was so important to us.

“We’ve uncovered some incredible stories and artefacts that have added to our understanding of what working on the ship must have been like and the impact this had on the loved ones of those who sailed on her.”

The celebration came one month after the clipper was officially reopened, and almost five years to the day since a fire destroyed it.

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