Descendants of Cutty Sark - their history and stories
Posted on 25 May 2012
Over 170 "Descendants of Cutty Sark" were united for the first time ever on board the historic clipper in Greenwich, London on Thursday 24th May. The families of 19 of the ship's former crew and key players in her history - spanning six generations - were traced and brought together by Cutty Sark's partners HSBC to celebrate the reopening of Cutty Sark. The only surviving children of a crewmember - siblings aged 77 and 80 - and branches of families who were not even aware of each other's existence, were among those who met for the first time at the VIP event.
Notable families include those descended from the clipper's designer and builder Hercules Linton; the ships former owners Wilfred Harry Dowman & Catharine Courtauld; and past masters of the ship Captain George Moodie and Captain Richard Woodget. The celebratory event marked the one month anniversary of Cutty Sark's re-opening to the public after her six year conservation project, as well as the five year anniversary of the fire from which she was saved.
This booklet summarises the individuals that each of the attendees in attendance are descended from, and was given to all guests as a memento of this historic event.