Relaunching The Cutty Sark

- 2012-04-26T08:02:05Z

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The Cutty Sark

One of the world's most enduring maritime landmarks, the Cutty Sark, has been reopened by Queen Elizabeth II for the first time in six years following restoration and a near-catastrophic blaze.

The comprehensive restoration, costing $80 million, will allow visitors to go beneath the vessel to take in her beautifully streamlined design, which at the time of her launch in 1869, made her the fastest clipper afloat.

The vessel, stationed in Greenwich, London was made open to the general public on April 26.

Left, a 1924 engraved reproduction of a painting by Jack Spurling of Cutty Sark, at sea as a training ship.