Cutty Sark Lean-To

Well, she’s coming on apace, as Stephen’s photo will testify. Not quite the smooth glass bubble we were promised, but we can look on the bright side, knowing that if they ever need some extra cash they can grow some excellent tomatoes under that cold frame…

Giggles aside – I’m just looking forward to it all being over. At least we’re actually seeing some results now.

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cutty sark greenhouse, Stephen 2
cutty sark greenhouse, Stephen 2

cutty sark greenhouse, Stephen 1
cutty sark greenhouse, Stephen 1

18 Comments to “Cutty Sark Lean-To”

  1. Robert Number 16 says:

    My shares in B & Q have just gone up loads .

  2. Julian says:

    They’ve got t o be kidding, You can’t even see the hull of the ship!

  3. Benedict says:

    So, that will be 5 years that this project has been going on…..? Talk about not being able to organise a piss-up in a brewey…ohh they should have spoken to Rod, who can obviously build a brewery and have the after party!

  4. PiratesPatch says:

    We are lucky to still have the ship and lucky to have the money given to it whether by Sammy or his Highness or the general public.

    She will be back soon and ready for another 100 years or so. Time to celebrate.

    So l think some of you muppets should maybe, well, GET A LIFE!

  5. Steve says:

    Went down there yesterday – a nightmare of hoardings. Not just the Cutty Sark but the whole of Cutty Sark Gardens as well as Pier. How long will it all take?

    The Cutty Sark project in particular has been a spectacular waste of public money.

  6. PiratesPatch says:

    whose money….l bet you have not given towards it!

    Majority is private money and donations of people who wanted to donate..

    so steve…whose waste of money!

    Has not come from tax payer so enlighten me steve!

  7. Steve says:

    Let Darryl enlighten you then…

    “The Heritage Lottery Fund has stumped up £23m, the government’s chipped in £3m, and the GLA’s paid £1m”

  8. PiratesPatch says:

    Sammy Offer, £3.3million

    Original cost rose from £35million to £46million, though you couldnt account for a retarded workman leaving a vaccum on and burning the whole thing down and adding an extra£10-15million to the project.

    Its estimated that an extra 1million+ people will come and visit the sark each year adding funds to greenwich.

    In terms of a waste of money, l would say its pretty low down the list considering what it will do when its back.

    But if you would rather the lottery money be spent on a big white tent, or truants to learn to fish or a clown (not Red Ken) to run workshops and the many other tens of millions that was wasted by the previous government on failed projects….well, give me and the country the Sark anyday!

  9. PiratesPatch says:

    Oh, and what a surprise, its Liebour councillors that are not happy with the Sark Project….from the party who tried to bankrupt the country and waste said lottery money on said failed lottery projects, mostly centered around liebour heartlands in the North East and North west…most which went bust!

    The same party that did its level best with social experiments and failed Math with the country’s finances to take the ‘Great’ out of Great Britain!

    Luckily the Sark was here long before these political parasites arrived, and will be here long after they have gone!

    Rant over.

  10. Scott says:

    Well I quite like it and any B&Q comments are just stupid. It’s the same product as the roof of the British museum and I don’t here anybody saying that looks awful.

  11. Robert Number 16 says:

    So glad Phantom this post has caused so much interest.
    I guess I have a bit of a suprise coming to you guys interested or not about the “Cutty Sark” in the near future.
    I hope the Phantom will keep you posted.

  12. Pedro says:

    Piratepatch, you’re talking rubbish.

    I contributed to the Cutty Sark fund because I believed in the project. But the whole thing has been a scandal – it has passed through several different contractors, and we have ended up with an inferior outcome – a clumsier ‘wave’ and a horrendous service tower – and a much higher pricetag.

  13. Old China says:

    I quite like the sea-like glass structure. Not as nice as the original proposal, granted, but still pleasing (to me anyway). Undecided about the tower but I wait in hope. I’ll just be happy when it’s all done and the blue boards disappear!

  14. Steve says:

    If they could just angle the lower panels away from the ship, instead of straight down to the ground, this would have been a lot closer to the original plans.

    Saying that, it’s not perfect but it certainly is not ugly. Maybe some blue lighting under the glass?….

  15. Franklin says:


    I too made several private donations to the Cutty Sark Trust’s appeal – both before and after the fire – in the expectation that they would build the elegant, undulating ‘waterline’ glass roof that was originally proposed and approved.

    I too am appalled by the redesigned glass roof, which IS a crude, cheap-looking “lean-to”, which is overly large and which destroys the view of the ship’s lines.

    The access tower is equally hideous, and should never have been granted planning permission.

    So, I am one of many who donated to the restoration and improvement of the Cutty Sark, and who now feels that the Trust has utterly failed to provide a fitting setting for the restored ship – and has proven themselves to be secretive, disingenuous and totally incompetent in the bargain.

    The Council has also failed by allowing the Trust – on whose Board Chris Roberts has sat since the Council agreed to fund the Trust’s financial shortfall – to proceed with such an appalling design.

  16. Chris says:

    We should have got the artisans in Chatham to build a new one.

    It would have been a lot cheaper and quicker.

  17. Robert Number16 says:


    I have this year found in an attic in Cornwall. Some never before seen film footage of the Cutty Sark afloat in the Carrick Roads off Falmouth.Dating to the 1930.The footage has been donated to the Trust and will be part of their display.

  18. Geoff3 says:

    They should’ve put it in a big glass bottle.