The best, the last & most famous of the beautiful tea clippers.
By Gordon Frickers 76 x 101 cm (30″ x 40″), oils, price of this original, £,8000, ex studio, ex frame.
Even today, many an hotel, pub & event uses her name, so there should be a good on sale market for this painting!The painting shows her in prime condition running in a stiff breeze through the Sunda Straights, in sight of the Krakatoa volcano, famous to it’s mega eruption in 1883.
She is completely in her element.
She is shown in company, taunting her great rival “Thermopylae” by making her number.
The crew of “Thermopylae” would have known very well what ship she was!
Cutty Sark was built at Dumbaton in 1869, beside the rock, on the Clyde, Scotland, & registered in London.
That was the year the Suez Canal opened.
In light airs it was said the merest flap of a sail set her moving & she looks like a delicate yacht, in the stronger condition show here, no ship could stand against her.
She traded for seven years in the very lucrative tea trade, inevitably driven out as steamers using the canal proved the more economic route.
Her last tea voyage was in 1877.
Her rig was reduced when next she took to the wool trade sailing mostly from Sydney harbour to London by way of the Roaring Forties & stormy Cape Horn.
She made many of her most spectacular passages through those violent latitudes, her crew nonchalantly referring to the “good sailing breezes”!
Sold out of the British flag in 1894, she went to the Portuguese to tramp the Atlantic until 1921.
The ship was restored at Falmouth docks were she was used as a training vessel & committee boat until moving to a permanent berth at Greenwich, London, were she is open to the public.
I have loved the “Cutty Sark” since childhood school visits to her.
This is one of several paintings I made of the ship, with the co-operation of her Captain, Simon Waite.
One of the others, “Last Arrival“, I last heard of as in a sea food restaurant in Kuwait, another, “Last Departure“, went to a direct descendant of Vasco de Gama .
Full history of the ship & the painting available.
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