Queen reopens the restored Cutty Sark in Greenwich
(CBS/AP) Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the Cutty Sark today, five years after it was devastated by fire.
The famous 19th -century tea clipper was gutted by a blaze in 2007 during the early stages of restoration but has since undergone a $75 million restoration.
"She was only designed to last 30 years, she's now 143 years old," explained Cutty Sark curator Jessica Lewis to CBS News. "So she really is one of the fastest ships and the most famous ships in the world, so she is definitely worth preserving."
After five years of construction, millions of dollars in funding, and 13 miles of rigging later, visitors can come aboard the Cutty Sark again.
"If you think of a sailing ship, you can't do better than think of Cutty Sark plowing through the waves with her three-quarters of an acre of canvas blowing in the wind," said Richard Doughty, chief executive of the Cutty Sark Trust. "She's romantic."
The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh who has a long association with the vessel, co-founding the Cutty Sark Soceity in 1951 to safeguard the ship.
The reopening occurred during their tour of Greenwich, which has been made a royal borough to mark the Queen's Jubilee.
While in Greenwich, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also visited the National Maritime Museum, where the Queen opened a new exhibition. In nearby Southwark, the royal couple visited a million-dollar row barge which will take part in this summer's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
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