Cutty Sark Figurehead: Unraveling the Mystery Carver

Frederick Hellyer was commissioned by Willis to carve the figurehead females on either side of the Bow of the Cutty Sark. It was expensive; it was beautiful with outstretched arms.  It’s not clear why this theme or name was chosen. Head and arm were damaged and replaced but never like the original carver.

Painted black the ship stood out, sheer gold leaf lines. The name was also in the Gold leaf and its registration port LONDON. Later years they placed a nightshirt cut out of shiny metal on its high mast, we will explain the significance of this object in how the Cutty Sark got its name.

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