Cutty Sark masts raised for the first time since the fire

PUBLISHED: 10:42 14 December 2011

The project is due to open in April next year

The project is due to open in April next year


The masts of the Cutty Sark have risen for the first time since a fire gutted the tea clipper in May 2007.

The three masts, were raised as part of the £46 million restoration project due to be opened by the Queen next April, last Saturday (10) and Sunday (11).

An investigation in 2008 found that an industrial vacuum cleaner which had been switched on for two days was responsible for the blaze, which caused an estimated £10 worth of damage to the 141-year-old ship which was being restored at the time.

In February last year, taxpayers stepped in to meet the £3 million shortfall to restore the ship in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The grant was made up of contributions by the government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Greenwich Council, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and private donations.

Previous completion dates for the project were March last year, last summer, the end of last year and spring this year and then the end of this year.

Plans include steel legs inserted through the hull of the ship, to raise her eleven feet above the ground, to make room for a corporate venue.

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