farss wrote on 5/21/2007, 1:27 AM
Very sad news indeed, even though I missed seeing her on my one visit to the motherland.

One has to wonder how an asset of such value to all of us was not better protected against the obvious risk of fire.

Grazie wrote on 5/21/2007, 1:29 AM
This is bad news indeed. And yes there are FAR, far worse things happening around the World.

Been watching since 7:30 this morning.

Looks like a complete "write-off" - period.

Paul Fierlinger wrote on 5/21/2007, 2:31 AM
''We are treating this as a suspicious incident,'' said police Inspector Bruce Middlemiss, who added that a number of people were known to be in the area at the time the fire started.

Chris Levett, the chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, said half of the ship's planking and many historic artifacts had been taken away during the restoration work. He expressed confidence that the vessel could be restored.

''It will be the old ship. The ship has been through many things in its lifetime,'' Levett told BBC radio.

''This is going to make us even more determined to get this ship back up and running and keep her as original as possible,'' Levett said.