I remember from my younger days a series of sugar packets with images of historic sailing ships. I was always intrigued by these wooden ships and in my lifetime ended up visiting many of them … the Charles W. Morgan, the U.S.S. Constitution, and the one with the funny name, the Cutty Sark.
The news today is that the Cutty Sark has suffered a terrible fire and is now nothing but burnt planking. This is another reminder of how those timeless things you think will never go away sometimes do. On the other hand, restorers working on the ship think that despite the damage, the ship can be restored.
I visited Greenwich in 1998. I saw the Cutty Sark and took this photo although it was too late in the day to board her.
Godspeed Cutty Sark, may you sail again! Or at least be restored in drydock.