It was a shame to hear on CNN as I left the house this morning that a fire, thought started deliberately, has caused major damage to the Cutty Sark
The 138-year old tea clipper was undergoing renovation and the fire brigade was called to the scene at 4.45am Greenwich time and was eventually put out by 7am.
I spent a lot of my youth hanging around here, with my parents during the summer holidays trawling through the wooden decks and then older drinking in pubs like the Gypsy Moth, the Coach and Horses or the now closed Gloucester around the corner (yes, before it became a gay pub). I have also more recently been there with my son. It must have been a sad sight for those neighbours stood standing and watching it flame early this morning.
Fortunately the restoration meant that masts and about half of its structure were elsewhere and according to the Cutty Sark Trust
, it can be saved. Lets hope so.