Questions have been raised on one London newspaper website over the lack of fire extinguishing systems on board the preserved Tea Clipper ship, Cutty Sark, which suffered severe damage in a blaze early Monday morning.
The worst damaged section appears to have been the stern of the 280ft ship, and investigators are on the scene in Greenwich, trying to determine how the fire was started. Arson is still suspected and CCTV footage is being reviewed for the period before the emergency
services were called.
work that meant much of the ship's original rigging
, her masts the wheel
and master's cabin
, had been removed from the site and is therefore undamaged. However, Dr Eric Kentley, a senior consultant at the Cutty Sark Trust, said that the sprinkler system had been taken out, when the bulkheads were removed and would have been put back once it was open to the public again.
The immediate task facing the Cutty Sark Trust is to make the ship safe before a full survey
can be made of the remains. Cutty Sark's insurers have already agreed to release £1 million and have announced they will honour the full claim.
But the ship's restoration
will now take much longer and therefore the Cutty Sark Trust are 'desperately' seeking funds. Yachting Monthly has teamed up with the trust as a media partner to help raise the money
required. Experts have estimated the cost of repair could be in the region of £35 million.
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