Cutty Sark: Riding High

It’s wonderful to see the Cutty Sark fully restored after what seemed like a disastrous   fire in 2007. And the decision to raise her up on a sea of glass, allowing the public to walk beneath her keel, was inspired. Here is the Official Website for the ship, and photo galleries from the Guardian and Independent.

There’s something about sailing ships that makes me go all misty-eyed. Perhaps it’s the idea of a vessel not imposing itself on the world, but shaped by the world – the exigencies of wind and wave perfectly harnessed and in communion with its element. Hence the elegance, both visually and in the scientific sense, of a theory fitting the facts as a hand fits a glove.

Long may she delight generations of people not yet born.

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