One of London’s top tourist attractions has suffered millions of euros of damage. The top half of the historic ship, the Cutty Sark, was away being repaired when a fire broke out overnight. A police spokesman said: “We are treating the fire as suspicious as we would do with any fire of this scale and importance. There is indication that there were people in the area at the time when the fire initially started. That has come from the local borough CCTV.”
Chris Livett, the Chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust, said: “She is significant in many many ways: for her construction, for what she did for England when she was trading, the way she used the sails, the type of trade that she was engaged in, the type of construction, the people who were involved in that construction. She is part of our national heritage.”
The trust has promised to rebuild the boat, which was launched in 1869 to make voyages to China for the lucrative tea trade. She was once one of the world’s fastest ships, dubbed the Ferrari of the open seas. Her last voyage was 50 years ago when she became a tourist attraction in a dry dock in Greenwich.