Why was Cutty Sark built? Cutty Sark was a cargo ship, built to carry tea from China to London Tea was very popular in the UK and people from all classes would drink it Cutty Sark raced other ships to get back to London first. A lot of money could be made by selling tea. The first ship back could sell their cargo for the highest price
After John Willis waved good-bye to Cutty Sark, how long was it before he saw his ship again? Sail to China = _____ days Find and load the tea = _____ days Sail to back to England = _____ days 105 25 110 Total number of days? = _____ days 240
What else did Cutty Sark trade? Wool In 1869 the Suez Canal was built which meant that steam ships could get to China a lot quicker than sailing ships By 1877 steam ships had taken over the tea trade and Cutty Sark stopped trading tea Cutty Sark continued to work as a cargo ship until 1922, sailing to many countries and carrying a variety of different cargoes Coal Televisions BeerSpices Which of these cargoes do you think Cutty Sark traded?
Where else did Cutty Sark travel to? Match the cargoes to the continents: Cocoa Beans Rice JapanAustraliaThailandGhana
Life on board the ship There were about 25 sailors on board Cutty Sark The youngest crew member was 14 Life on board was tough. Many left home for the first time and they would encounter all types of weather. They had to be incredibly hard-working and brave. CREW NEEDED Are you: brave in a storm? good at tying knots? quick at climbing the rigging? Send applications to Jock Willis, Cutty Sark
Ship’s biscuits Ship’s biscuits were an important part of a sailor’s diet They were made from stone ground flour, water and salt They lasted a long time, so were perfect for long voyages Ship’s biscuits were an important part of a sailor’s diet They were made from stone ground flour, water and salt They lasted a long time, so were perfect for long voyages Click here for a recipehere