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National nautical icon in peril

MAY 30 — The group responsible for restoring a historic British boat will hold a concert this summer to raise extra money after the boat was ravaged by a mysterious fire last week.

The dry docked Cutty Sark, a 138-year-old tea clipper, was damaged in the May 21 fire in Greenwich, England, a BBC news report says. The group responsible for the boat’s $50 million restoration, Cutty Sark Enterprises, will hold a benefit concert this summer in hopes of raising more than $1 million to help repair the damage.

“I think [the concert] may well be a mixture of genres,” a representative from Cutty Sark Enterprises says in the report. “I think it’s going to be some sort of combination to have a wide appeal.”

The Cutty Sark set off on her first voyage in the China tea trade in 1870, according to information on its Web site. The ship has remained dry docked in Greenwich since 1954, and has been one of London’s top tourist attractions.

British investigators continue to examine the boat since tests revealed “no logical cause for a natural fire,” the BBC news report says.

Jason Fell