1869 Ships Wheel Tea Towel

1869 Ships Wheel Tea Towel

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Our Cutty Sark 1869 Ships Wheel Tea Towel features our iconic distressed motif silhouette of Cutty Sark; with its date of launch (1869) surrounded by the ships wheel which is reminiscent of the stamped markings that were once applied to her cargo.

The motif has been printed on to a navy blue cotton tea towel making this the perfect souvenir from the Cutty Sark the very epitome of sail.

With both the Cutty Sark and the Thermopylae sailing from Woosung on 17 June 1872, the two ships closely matched each other through the China Sea and into the Indian Ocean. By 7 August, and with a good tail wind, Cutty Sark found herself a good 400 miles ahead of Thermopylae. Then, on 15 August, disaster struck – Cutty Sark’s rudder gave way. After reconstructing the rudder twice in heavy seas, the ship arrived back at London on 19 October, around seven days after her rival. The courage and determination of Captain Moodie and his crew won Cutty Sark great credit, but Moodie retired from his command of the ship due to stress. The ship was never to get this close to winning the tea race again.

This Tea Towel is exclusive to Royal Museums Greenwich and is part of our RMG Exclusives.


Measurements: W 19" x H 29.5" or W 48 x H 75 cm

Material: 100% Cotton

Washable: Machine Washable at 40º

Do not Tumble Dry

Do not Iron Motif

Made in the UK

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