Cutty Sark ties up at a safe berth in Gourdon

Cutty Sark Model at the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.
Cutty Sark Model at the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.

The Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon has a new exhibit in the form of a six foot glass case model of the famous clipper the Cutty Sark.

A new Cutty Sark gallery has been created within the museum to celebrate local links with Hercules Linton from Inverbervie, the designer of the Cutty Sark, where a memorial of Nanny the witch from the famous Burns poem, Tam o’Shanter, commemorates his achievements in design.

Captain Richard Woodgett was the best known and longest serving master of the Cutty Sark, being in command for her last 10 voyages before she was sold to the Portuguese.

His son, Richard J. Woodgett, became an apprentice on the Cutty Sark and went on to become second and then first mate before joining the Blue Funnel Line and rising through the ranks to become a captain in his own right .

This model of the Cutty Sark was presented to him in Sydney, Australia, in 1929 - possibly on the occasion of his retirement.

Thanks to the generosity of his grandson, Martin Woodgett, the model is now on permanent loan to the Museum, and will prove to be great visitor attraction.

Martin has also donated two porthole mounted photographs of his grandfather and great grand father which form part of the new gallery, and has generously assisted in financing the transportation of the model to Gourdon.

The model has been exhibited in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which is also the home of the Cutty Sark, which was opened to the public in 2012, after a refurbishment costing millions of pounds, and a major fire during the refit.

Dave Ramsay, project director for the museum, said: “This is a major exhibit, and means that the links between Hercules Linton and the Maggie Law can now be seen together.

‘‘ When Linton came back to Inverbervie, he commissioned James (Jeems) Mowatt (boat builder of the Maggie Law) to build two boats for him at his Gourdon yard and Linton personally supervised the construction of the boats.”