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Constructo Cutty Sark Tea Clipper 1:115

Part No:
80838

Price: 176.34 (Including VAT at 20%)
Euros: 193.97(Inc VAT) / US Dollars: US$188.10(Tax Free)

Constructo Cutty Sark.
This legendary ship was launched at Dumbarton on the river Clyde, Scotland, on the 22nd November 1869 and was especially designed for speed in the Clipper races. She now resides in dry dock by the River Thames at Greenwich, London.

Scale 1:115
Length 760mm
Height 520mm
Width 230mm
Atlantis Series

The Cutty Sark is named after the short shirt worn by the fleet-footed witch featured in the poem Tam o' Shanter written by Robert Burns. She was designed by Hercules Linton and built in 1869 at Dumbarton in Scotland, by the firm of Scott & Linton, for Captain John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis, and launched November 23 of that year.

The Cutty Sark was destined for the China tea trade, at that time an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London, with immense profits to the ship to arrive with the first tea of the year. However, she did not distinguish herself in this trade; in the most famous race, against Thermopylae in 1872, both ships left Shanghai together on June 18, but two weeks later Cutty Sark lost her rudder after passing through the Sunda Strait, and arrived in London on October 18, a week after Thermopylae, for a total passage of 122 days. Her legendary reputation is supported by the fact that her captain chose to continue this race with an improvised rudder instead of putting into port for a replacement, yet was only beaten by one week.

Scale 1:115
Length 760mm
Height 520mm
Width 230mm

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