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MrBlueSky1960
05-21-2007, 09:47 AM
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"One of Britain's maritime treasures, the Cutty Sark, suffered severe damage after fire ripped through the ship early today.

Police said they were treating the blaze on board the 19th century tea clipper as suspicious after the blaze broke out in the early hours.

Firefighters said the blaze damaged the entire ship but they were waiting for investigators to inspect the wreckage before they could make any judgement on the cause."

Big Story...

http://news.aol.co.uk/bigstorynews/cutty-sark-devastate...20070521063409990001 (http://news.aol.co.uk/bigstorynews/cutty-sark-devastated-by-fire/article/20070521063409990001)

BBC...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6675381.stm

I am at a loss to even contemplate why someone could have set fire to her deliberately... Imagine if it had been Vulcan XH588 or heaven forbid...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/woodlands/BBMF10.jpg

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EiZ0N
05-21-2007, 09:52 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif Although according to the Beeb, the damage isn't TOO bad and is not irreparable.

Kurfurst__
05-21-2007, 09:53 AM
OH ****. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Most saddening news...

I wanted to see that beauty not so long ago, but she didn't fit in the schedule... it's an extreme loss of such an important and unique historical artifact.

Hopefully, she is still in the condition to be completely renovated... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

JG52Uther
05-21-2007, 09:56 AM
Terrible news indeed! The Sark is in the middle of a major restoration so a lot of the stuff was away at the time.Whats left looks wrecked though.I used to pass the old girl every day on my way to school http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Kurfurst__
05-21-2007, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by JG52Uther:
The Sark is in the middle of a major restoration so a lot of the stuff was away at the time.http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

At least some good amongst the bad, planking can be replaced, and would be replaced in time anyway, but old historic objects and artifacts cannot be..

JtD
05-21-2007, 09:59 AM
Cannot be true. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Agamemnon22
05-21-2007, 10:07 AM
!!!
Not the sark http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Looks like a pretty big blaze from the pictures :s

Hanglands
05-21-2007, 10:39 AM
This is very sad news.

A good cause for lottery funding? I think so.

Philipscdrw
05-21-2007, 10:55 AM
A shame. Didn't realise it only made eight voyages to China, and was only built in 1869 - I thought it was older than that!

Hope they get it fixed.

BillyTheKid_22
05-21-2007, 11:05 AM
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JtD
05-21-2007, 11:30 AM
Clippers are pretty young ships. Sailing merchants were pretty popular right into the 20th century. Early 20th century sparked some of the most beautiful and certainly the best sailing ships (http://www.esys.org/bigship/preussen.jpg) .

Roblex
05-22-2007, 12:27 AM
I just hope it makes the people at Portsmouth keep a closer eye on HMS Victory and have a good think about fire control procedures. Nice as the Cutty Sark is I would hate to see HMS Victory go up in flames (the Lanc is probably joint top of the list too even though there are others!)

ploughman
05-22-2007, 03:25 AM
Did you read there's another clipper, The City of Adelaide, up in Scotland. Incredibly there's a meeting next week to discuss its demolition as they can't findd enough s to preserve it. Hopefully the Sark fire will have changed the perspective on that.

As for the Victory. If that went up I would weep.

Beaufort-RAF
05-22-2007, 06:55 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Did you read there's another clipper, The City of Adelaide, up in Scotland. Incredibly there's a meeting next week to discuss its demolition as they can't findd enough s to preserve it. Hopefully the Sark fire will have changed the perspective on that.

As for the Victory. If that went up I would weep.

I didn't know about the Adelaide it but it's getting a bit of publicity now.

Looks knackered though.

http://www.ilfsac.org.uk/images/city_of_adelaide_hulk.jpg

Thankfully this ones a bit healthier, HMS Trincomalee from 1817.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0b/Trinco_27_11_05.jpg