Different from most other museum ships is the fact that all the ropes were installed. It is the 8 miles of rope and 3 miles of wire and chain that help make Cutty Sark’s rigging so spectacular.
(Who’s Who at Cutty Sark: Meet Rigger Andy)
Salvaging something of a rainy day in half-term with Young Friend of the Elephants – visiting the Cutty Sark in Greenwich… and catching the riggers at work aloft. (Yes, those are real people in the rigging. 🙂 )
“She might be static, but in terms of rigging all she needs is some sails and she’s ready to go sailing!”
“…at Cutty Sark we have to work safely around the visitors, and make sure they can flow around the ship without any problems.”
“We paint and oil everything aloft, mainly to keep the water out and keep things from rusting.”
“The sunsets from up on the rigging, with the red skies over London sites such as St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, are truly spectacular.”
Inspired by Ailsa’s travel theme: Neutral.