8 December: Cutty Sark

December 8, 2015

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Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT

Cutty Sark was launched in 1869 to transport tea back from China. On her first voyage to Shanghai, she carried ‘large amounts of wine, spirits and beer’ on the outward leg of journey, returning with around 1,305,812 pounds of tea.

Cutty Sark has travelled around the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag. She visited every major port in the world through the course of her working life and carried many different cargoes, including wool, coal, shark bones, pianos, mail and rice.

This Advent Window reflects some of the cargoes she carried, as well as objects our visitors would take on their own journey at sea.

We would like to thank all of the families who helped us create this window at our Christmas craft workshop.

The window is best viewed after dark.

The window will be ready by 5 p.m. on 8 December.

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