I have been wanting to build a sailing ship for quite a while and finally started on it. After deciding I would base it off an actual ship I sat there for a while trying to think of which one I wanted to build. Then it hit me, the Cutty Sark. I had built a model of it as a kid, one of the few models I ever built, and spent a ridiculous amount of time painting it. I don’t think I ever finished making it, so I felt this was a chance to.
I tried to make it as close to scale and accuracy as possible. I could find no photos or information on the interior so I took some liberties, but it’s your standard fare of cannons, ship’s magazine, mess hall, barracks. I will note that each mast has 1 less sail than the actual Cutty Sark. I am also debating on working on it more to try to add more of the rigging but do not want to make it a jumbled mess of fence ‘rope’.
“What’s so special about this ship?” you might ask. Just think of it as the Ferrari of it’s kind. The Cutty Sark was British tea clipper built in 1869. It is one of the last tea clippers to be constructed and also one of the fastest clippers ever to be built. It’s speed can best be understood by an entry a wool clipper crewman made in 1879:
“One day we sighted a vessel, a mere speck on the horizon, astern of us, and the way she came into view it was evident she was travelling much faster than ourselves. ‘Bringing the wind up with her’ was remarked on board, and that seemed the only feasible conclusion to arrive at and account for the manner in which she overhauled us. In a few hours she was alongside us, and proved to be the famous British clipper Cutty Sark, one of the fastest ships afloat. She passed us going two feet to our one, and in a short time was hull down ahead of us.”