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Filename: aa065203.jpg

Size: 4350 x 4334 (6.1MB)

Date: 22nd May 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Cutty Sark a065203

CUTTY SARK, Greenwich, London. A detail view of the bow and rigging of the Cutty Sark in its dry docking at Greenwich, looking up from the ground towards the foremast. John Gay. Date range: 1955-1965

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Media ID 1040523

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Boat Maritime Oblique Ship


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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Transport > Ships and boats > Catching the wind


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the iconic Cutty Sark, a historic sailing ship that once dominated the seas as a formidable merchant vessel and a symbol of Britain's maritime prowess. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay between 1955 and 1965, the image presents a detailed view of the ship's bow and rigging, as it rests in its dry dock at Greenwich, London. The oblique angle of the photograph adds depth and texture to the image, inviting viewers to explore the intricate details of the ship's wooden hull, the intricately woven ropes and sails, and the rustic textures of the dockyard surroundings. The Cutty Sark, built in Scotland in 1869, was a clipper ship, designed for speed and efficiency in transporting goods between Europe and the Far East. Its distinctive black hull and distinctive figurehead of a witch, named after a character from Robert Burns' poem 'Tam O' Shanter,' made it one of the most recognizable ships of its time. The ship's preservation in Greenwich's dry dock marked the beginning of its second life as a museum ship, a testament to the rich maritime history of Britain. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the Cutty Sark's past glory and the enduring allure of the sea and the ships that once sailed upon it. With the foremast towering above, the image invites viewers to imagine the stories and adventures that unfolded aboard this legendary vessel during its storied past.

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