Cutty Sark epitomises the great age of sail; she is the last surviving tea clipper. Built as a tea clipper, where speed to market was critical, it is the combination of sail and hull form which gave Cutty Sarkher edge. The hull shape is defined by the revolutionary 19th century composite iron and timber ship building technique.
The new design proposed raising the 963 tonnes Cutty Sark three metres within the dry berth. The dry berth was created in the 1950s, and purpose built in mass concrete on a former bomb site to house Cutty Sark when she was brought to Greenwich from Shadwell Basin. The ship was floated down the Thames, and manoeuvred into the berth before the end was sealed and the water drained to allow her to reston the berth’s floor.