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Day 3 - Greenwich

Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum

sunny 92 °F
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After breakfast in the Royal Lancaster (which we highly recommend by the way), we boarded a bus for the one hour drive to Greenwich where we checked in and boarded the Viking Venus. Venus is a brand new ship, about 900 passengers. Our deluxe veranda cabin is on the fourth deck on the port side just astern of the aft elevators, which makes it perfect for reaching either the Cafe on Deck 7 or the Restaurant on Deck 2.

After lunch we headed out to hit some of our targets in Greenwich. First was the Cutty Sark, which may have been the fastest of the tea clippers. It was built in 1868. It rests in a dry dock, now a museum, near our dock in Greenwich. You can see from the pix that it carried five and six tiers of sails, a huge sail area. It normally cruised at 17 knots, or about 20 mph. That is about the speed of the cruise ships we have been on. What was interesting is that it was a hybrid construction, with a steel frame and a wooden hull. Seeing it was one of the highlights for Jerry.

Next up was the National Maritime Museum. This traced the history of sea trade in Britain and included exhibits on Polar Exploration and Nelson and the British Navy. There were many beautiful wooden models of British frigates and ships of the line. The Nelson exhibit, with his coat from Trafalgar, was particularly great.

All of these, plus our excursions tomorrow are in the Royal Park of Greenwich.

Viking Venus in Greenwich

Viking Venus in Greenwich

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum



Jerry at the Helm

Jerry at the Helm

Cutty Sark Masts and Rigging

Cutty Sark Masts and Rigging

Cutty Sark Deck

Cutty Sark Deck

Jerry on Cutty Sark

Jerry on Cutty Sark

Posted by longjerr 16:40 Archived in England

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