We took a water taxi down the Thames to Greenwich today, to see the Cutty Sark, the Royal Naval College, and the Royal Observatory. Another cloudy day but that meant manageable crowds.
The river boat came right to the pier at the backside of our hotel, it was there within two minutes of our arrival and off we went, the local, not the express, to Greenwich. We stopped about five times along the way, picking up and dropping off passengers. The majority of the people aboard were heading to Greenwich but not a mob as we were told happens on a sunny weekend.
Once we got past the Canary Wharf* stop, we sped up a bit but mostly we were the slow boat to China. No hurry for us as we had all day. *We noticed that all the banks seems to have brand new HQ in this district. HSBC, Citi, Credit Suisse.
As you step off the ferry at the Greenwich pier, straight ahead is a beautiful Visitor Center where we bought tickets for the Cutty Sark and for the Observatory. The rest of the buildings are free to enter.
We did the Cutty Sark first, gorgeous as you might imagine. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest. She only spent a few years on the tea trade before sailing to Australia for wool.
This post is photo heavy just because she’s that beautiful. What hearty men who sailed her, one crew member as young as fourteen. A few gone overboard. A few abandoned ship in Australia.
Even a landlubber like me can appreciate the sea-worthiness and beauty of the ship, the purpose she served and what life was likely about aboard.
Better them than me! 😬