Sunday, 24 August 2014

Copper Bottomed

These are some pictures I took while we were looking around the Cutty Sark, in Greenwich.

The Cutty Sark is a ship, and more especially, a Tea Clipper.  She was built for speed; even in the past time was money.  She was one of the fastest of this type of boat ever built, but like some many other things, her record breaking speed was soon overtaken by steamships.

One of the things I liked about the ship was its copper bottom - the underside of the ship was completely covered in copper to prevent rot and damage from marine creatures.  This form of protection worked very well - in fact it became a byword for reliability!  Today, we still talk of things being copper bottomed.




This sign also made me smile - talk about coals to Newcastle!


 You can find more marco type shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

23 comments:

Arija said...

She's quite a vessel although I did not see her as close and personal, or maybe more so as she was moored outside.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, Stewart.
Best regards, Irma

brucerustonblog said...

Interesting shots

Revrunner said...

And "large quantities of beer and spirits to Australia." :-)

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautifully crafted copper surface.....love shot from beneath....brilliant!

Have a great week,
Ruby

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots, what neat views of the ship. Isn't Cutty Sark a whiskey?
Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

cobie en bas van Es said...

Altijd goed om terug te kijken naar mooie dingen uit het verleden.

TexWisGirl said...

it makes me think of the scotch that is named for it.

Rivien said...

Wau, another beautiful pictures from the ship! I like it!
Have a nice day!
Hugs Riv

Montanagirl said...

Nice post and photos, Stewart! I like the view from below.

Fun60 said...

Love your choice of angle for these photos. A different view. Not sure why they thought Australia might want alcohol!

Sylvia K said...

Fun post and wonderful pics as always, Stewart!! Love the views from the ship!! Have a great new week!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Very interesting.

Cool place to visit.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Interesting photos. The beer and spirits must have been her most important cargo. :-)

Hannah said...

I've heard the name, interesting to see the ship itself and the restoration process.

janiceadcock said...

Great perspective in the shots. have a great week.

Buntpapierfabrik said...

Great pictures, I like metallic effects very much.
Regards from Germany
Christine

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely...

bailey-road.com said...

That's a lot of copper. I like the view from below the hull.

marshaleith said...

such a cool shot, and angle of view for the last one!

Marie said...

That is one HUGE ship! What an impressive sight it must have been in real life! Love the use of copper, and your explanation.

Villrose said...

Something new to learn every day. Great crafts!

Laura said...

Wonderful series Stewart! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)