TEA THROUGH TIME

Cutty Sark

King William Walk, SE10 9HT, London

Built in 1869, this ship - a tea clipper called Cutty Sark - sailed in eight "tea seasons", from London to China and back until the late 1870s.

Following a seafaring career lasting nearly 70 years, in the 1950s, the ship moved to a dry dock in Greenwich and opened as a historic visitor attraction.

DID YOU KNOW?

Tea clippers were designed and built in Britain throughout the 1850s and 1860s.

Clipper ships were fast and slender, with acres of sails on tall masts. These speedy ships were designed to fuel the growing appetite for tea that required quick delivery of the leaf from China.

Although the ships were less powerful in heavy weather, they were faster in lighter winds and earned their name from the way that they 'clipped off' the miles.

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