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Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steamships now enjoyed a much shorter route to China, so Cutty Sark spent only a few years on the tea trade before turning to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for ten years. Improvements in steam technology meant that gradually steamships also came to dominate the longer sailing route to Australia, and the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. in 1895 and renamed Ferreira. She continued as a cargo ship until purchased in 1922 by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman, who used her as a training ship operating from Falmouth, Cornwall. After his death, Cutty Sark was transferred to the Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe in 1938 where she became an auxiliary cadet training ship alongside HMS Worcester. By 1954, she had ceased to be useful as a cadet ship and was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich, London, for public display.

Cutty Sark is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building).

The Cutty Sark is where retired midshipmouse Thomas Triton makes his home. After the empty house in Deptford was savagely attacked by Jupiter's spectral army, the mice there were forced to flee with him back to his ship. It was on board that the final battle with the ghostly rats took place, and it is venerated by the mice because there the Green Mouse appeared to them. Many of them have continued to make their home on the ship, although several years afterward Arthur Brown led a large group of younger mice to Holeborn where he became the new Thane.


  • Thomas Triton's long-lost best friend Woodget Pipple is named after the English sea captain, Captain Richard Woodget, best known as the master of the Cutty Sark during her most successful period of service in the wool trade between Australia and the United Kingdom.