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The Cutty Sark is the epitome of the great age of sailing. She is the only extreme clipper to survive and the only tea clipper that is still in existence. Most of the hull fabric is the original and she makes a great example of a merchant composite construction vessel.
Fifteen million people have come on board the Cutty Sark to learn the stories that she has to tell. Her preservation is in Greenwich because she is a memorial to the men of the merchant navy, especially those who lost their lives in the World Wars. In London, she is one the great sights visited by tourists and historical enthusiasts. Her beauty is appreciated as much as her history.
Her fine lines are defined by her frames. The frames form part of her composite construction. This construction is the best surviving example of such techniques. She is a key asset to the Borough of Greenwich and the World Heritage Site. Due to the fact that she is a tea clipper, she is wonderful evidence of the importance of tea in the 19th century trade and cultural life.