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Wednesday, June 6, 2018:   The Cutty Sark sailing ship can be found in Greenwich, England. 
She was a very successful wooden international commercial trading vessel starting in 1870.
A ship like this is run by men handling sails on tall wooden masts. 
The Cutty Sark sailed the seven seas carrying cargo mostly to and from England.
She achieved a top speed of 20 miles per hour with 32,000 square feet of sail generating the equivalent of 3000 horsepower.
There is no machinery on this ship, just ropes, pulleys and manpower to keep her headed in the right direction.
Paula thought she would take the helm for a while.  The Cutty Sark had a crew compliment of between 18 and 28 sailors.
The cargo hold.  Cutty Sark spent 83 years on the water crossing the globe countless times, traveling over 1 million miles. 
She could leave England and bring tea back from China in as little as 117 days.
There is a collection of wooden figure heads at the museum.  This ship bow art was popular starting in the 16th century.
A model of the ship shows how much sail she carried.  A Scotch whiskey was named after this famous ship.

Quote of the day:    Gosh, I could have sailed the seven seas.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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