The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark and the legacy of the great sailing ships with two pictures and two links

The Cutty Sark is now on show at Greenwich (London,UK).  It is the last remaining example of the great Tea Clippers.  For more information about the exhibit please click here.

The first of each tea harvest from China to Europe was of great commercial value. These ships were built for that purpose, using a narrow hull and powerful rig.  Built for speed rather than large cargo.  For more of that history please click here.

The Cutty Sark was recognised as the foremost in its class even though it never quite won the Great Tea Race.

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This is another Clipper Ship, Lightning under full sail.

Provided under Creative Commons Licence by: Bruce Von Stetina

 

 

 

Ships like these and their crews advanced the knowledge of construction, navigation and seamanship.  Altogether making travel by sea a lot safer than it used to be.  It was once the most hazardous of all occupations.  By contrast, going to sea has now become a pleasure to many.

An important principle still remains for all such potentially hazardous occupations.  That is, the development of good habit.  Often inconvenient in good weather but a vital life safer when wet, cold, tired, in the dark, confused and disoriented.

Such vessels do not remain in service and their builders and brave crews are no longer with us. But, the advances that they made remain. Those ships and their crews may not still roll,  but because of their legacy, they still rock.

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Special Offer – Tower of London

The Tower of London is offering a £1 entry fee to residents of Tower Hamlets.  You will need an Idea Store Card or Tower Hamlets Leisure Services Card.  In addition adults must show proof of identity/residency.

Under 15’s, if accompanied by an adult,  do not need either a card or any proofs but are also charged £1.

Tickets cannot be booked in advance therefore, at busy times, it will probably be necessary to queue at the ticket office.

This concession may not have been intended for large parties but, as long as all are residents of Tower Hamlets, I don’t see how they can refuse.  Perhaps best to inquire first.

For more information about the offer:-  http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerofLondon/educationandcommunity/Towercommunity/TowerHamlets

For contact Information:–  http://www.hrp.org.uk/AboutUs/ContactUs/

About the Tower:http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

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http://www.london-gb.com/free_pictures_of_london_high_res/

Rolling Stock

Engine No 45305 – The Alderman A E Draper

Once there was only paper, pencil, ingenuity, a few tools and skill. Without them we would not have had steam generated electrical power or locomotives.

Without them there would not be any computer aided design or automated manufacture or any of the things we take for granted. Everything we have, was initiated by those who did not even have electronic calculators.

With thanks to those who give up their time to preserve that history.   If it still rolls then it rocks.

For more information:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQEtApFsNPQ

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/the-railway/locomotives/45305-2/       more:-

For a great day out:-

The British Transport Museum

Objects by Online Gallery  – http://www.ltmcollection.org/museum/gallery/gallery-main.html

Whats On (Events)  http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on

Other Museums

The Kew Bridge Steam Museum (provides family days)  http://www.kbsm.org/

The Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre (midway between Arundel and Storrington).  http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/  and scroll to the bottom of the page.

List of other Steam Museums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Steam_museums_in_the_United_Kingdom