The Cutty Sark’s Second Keel and History as the Ferreira

By Alan Platt, Simon T Waite and Robert T Sexton, published February 2009


This article examines discovery and examination of the composition of the historic vessel Cutty Sark’s keel in 2005, and the history of the vessel as the Ferreira. Also examines the contemporary practices of British shipbuilding and the discrepancies between the registered parameters of Cutty Sark in Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and the results of 2005 and 1990 maintenance and investigations. The possible causes of replacements of Cutty Sark’s keel and other repairs, including her rudder, are enumerated. Her keel was probably replaced in pitch pine in Lisbon in 1920, as examination of the ship’s history while registered as the Fereira suggest that the new keel was needed because the original one had to be removed in order to gain access to the internal ironwork to make good corrosion.  Data has failed to reveal direct evidence of the change.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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