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Cutty Sark

Specialist painting teams from Lucas were proud to be involved in the long-term conservation project to restore the famous 143 year-old Cutty Sark clipper ship which was re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen recently. Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her day, her sleek lines formed of a wrought iron frame clad with teak and rock elm strakes and fastened with special alloy metal bolts. The Cutty Sark Conservation Project began in 2006 and despite a setback when a serious fire broke out in 2007, she now rests in a spectacular new setting in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We painted the outside hull of the ship with a flexible Dulux Weathershield black coating with white rail details, painted the inside of the hull and treated the decking with a protective coating. We also applied special anti-corrosion protection to the fixing bolts. The Lucas team helped to devise a specialist preservation system for two deckhouses that were temporarily conserved at Chatham Dockyard prior to re-installation, and completed final protective and decorative coatings to support steels for the ship before the re-opening. Cutty Sark is the latest in a number of significant conservation and preservation projects where teams from Lucas have played a part. These have included the Guildhall in the City of London and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford–upon–Avon.