11th August 2011
S. Lucas boards the famous Cutty Sark to assist conservation project
A painting team from S. Lucas is working on the comprehensive conservation project of the Cutty Sark, the famous 140-year old clipper ship at Greenwich. The 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 is due to re-open in a spectacular new exhibition setting at Greenwich next year. We are painting the outside hull of the ship with a flexible Dulux Weathershield black coating with white rail details and painting the inside of the hull and treating the decking. We are applying special anti-corrosion protection to the fixing bolts. S. Lucas is also trialling a specialist preservation system for two deckhouses that are currently being conserved at Chatham Dockyard prior to re-installation on the ship.