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Situated on the River Thames, Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage Site and famous for such historic landmarks as the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, and the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Meridian Line, Longitude 0.

The view of Canary Wharf across the Thames from Greenwich Pier

Cutty Sark

On the afternoon of Monday, 22nd November 1869, a beautiful little clipper ship of 963 tons gross was launched at Dumbarton on the Scottish Clyde. On that day, she was given a name that was to become renowned throughout the seafaring world, and destined to win a place in the hearts of British seamen ~ second only to Nelson's own immortal HMS Victory ~ and that was Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark was built for John 'Jock' Willis, a seasoned sailing ship master who had 'swallowed the anchor' and set up as a fleet owner in the port of London. Here he became better known as "White Hat Willis" because he always wore a white top hat.

His previous vessels had not had the performance results he wanted and his ambition for Cutty Sark was for her to be the fastest ship in the annual race to bring home the first of the new season's tea from China.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

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