Stanford-Le-Hope & District

Westminster to Greenwich

The group decided to take the scenic route along the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich where we had lunch.
We then visited the Cutty Sark. On looking around the clipper we found many facts about her. She was built on the River Clyde in 1869. She was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the faster carrying tea from China to Britain. However after several years the tea trade became the wool trade from Australia, due to the steamships being much faster. The Cutty Sark was then sold to a Portuguese company in 1895. In 1922 she was rescued by a retired sea captain and used as a training ship in Falmouth. By 1954 she was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich where she is now open for public display.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.