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Last tea clipper ship to reopen later this month

Cutty Sark will open to the public later this month for the first time since fire almost destroyed the world's only remaining tea clipper five years ago.

A nearly $80 million restoration project pieced the 143-year-old clipper together in London, utilizing nearly 90 percent of the ship's original fittings and fabric, according to project leaders.

“Although we have taken Cutty Sark apart and reassembled it almost entirely, this is very much still the original Cutty Sark,” Richard Doughty, director of the Cutty Sark Trust, told British marine publication The Practical Boat Owner.

It is hoped now that the vessel will survive for at least the next 50 years.

Click here for the full report.

Part of the restoration included room for a gallery of historic figureheads — what will be the largest such collection in the world.

Click here for that report by The Guardian newspaper.