Monday, 22 May 2017

Cutty Sark

22 nd May 2017

I have seen this fantastic ship during last staying in London.

Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.
The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steamships now enjoyed a much shorter route to China, so Cutty Sark spent only a few years on the tea trade before turning to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for ten years.[4] Improvements in steam technology meant that gradually steamships also came to dominate the longer sailing route to Australia, and the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. in 1895 and renamed Ferreira. She continued as a cargo ship until purchased in 1922 by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman, who used her as a training ship operating from FalmouthCornwall. After his death, Cutty Sark was transferred to the Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe in 1938 where she became an auxiliary cadet training ship alongside HMS Worcester. By 1954, she had ceased to be useful as a cadet ship and was transferred to permanent dry dock at GreenwichLondon, for public display.
Cutty Sark is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building). She is one of only three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century in part or whole, the others being the City of Adelaide, which arrived in Port AdelaideSouth Australia on 3 February 2014 for preservation, and the beached skeleton of Ambassador of 1869 near Punta Arenas, Chile.
The ship has been damaged by fire twice in recent years, first on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation. She was restored and was reopened to the public on 25 April 2012.[5] On 19 October 2014 she was damaged in a smaller fire

Name:Cutty Sark (1869–1895)
Owner:John "Jock" Willis (1869–1895)
Ordered:1 February 1869
Builder:Scott & Linton
Laid down:1869
Launched:22 November 1869
Sponsored by:Mrs. George Moodie
In service:16 February 1870
  • London (1870–1895)
  • Falmouth (1923–38)
Identification:UK Official Number: 63557[2]
Motto:"Where there's a Willis away"

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The small cactus in my summer house

21st May 2017

A few years ago I planted some cacti at my summer house because they can live for a long time without water.

On the windowsill I have a small cactus which blooms every year.

Have a quiet night

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Spring in my garden

20th May 2017

So I am at my summer place and it was a busy day in my garden. But now my garden looks better. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

On the way to my summer house

It is weekend so we are driving to our temporary house to do garden cleaning. Have a great weekend


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Natural History Museum in London

18th May 2017

Natural History museum is a fantastic place. More photos soon.

Cheddar Man is a human male fossil found in Gough's Cave in Cheddar GorgeSomerset, England. The skeletal remains date to the Mesolithic (ca. 7150 BC), and it appears that he died a violent death. A large crater-like lesion just above the skull's right orbit suggests that the man may have also been suffering from a bone infection at the time. It is Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton.
Excavated in 1903, the remains are kept by the Natural History Museum in London, currently on display in the new Human Evolution gallery. A replica of the skeleton is exhibited in the "Cheddar Man and the Cannibals" museum in Cheddar village. The death of Cheddar Man remains a mystery. A hole in his skull suggests violence, and Gough's Cave was used for cannibalismtrophy display or secondary burial by pre-historic humans.[2] Speculation based on scientifically investigated known ritual or warfare practices which existed during this early period is inconclusive.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

More photos from Canterbury

 16th May 2017

Today I have uploaded more photos from Canterbury. 
It is a medieval  town near Dover.