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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.

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Hercules Linton was born in Bervie, Kincardineshire on 1 January 1837, the son of a carpenter and shipwright. In May 1868 he entered into partnership with William Dundas Scott to form the shipbuilding firm of Scott & Linton, based at Dumbarton on the River Leven, near to its junction with the River Clyde.


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Over 170 descendants of Cutty Sark crew are united for the first time ever on board the historic clipper in Greenwich on May 24, 2012 in London, England. The families of 19 of the ships former crew and key players in her history spanning six generations were traced by Cutty Sarks partners HSBC.


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Holly Branson poses for a photograph with her husband Freddie Andrewes, a descendant of a Cutty Sark crew member, in front of the historic clipper in Greenwich on May 24, 2012 in London, England. Over 170 descendants of Cutty Sark crew were united for the first time.


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