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The Cutty Sark & her Crews


In 2012, Caroline Gurney traced over 600 living descendants from the crews of Cutty Sark for a reunion aboard the historic ship. She has been researching the crew members ever since.

The Cutty Sark was a racing ship as well as a cargo ship, moving goods around the world. She raced in the tea trade, from China to London, and in the wool trade from New South Wales to London. In her retirement, she became a cadet training ship and now sits in a custom-built dry dock at Greenwich.

In this talk she tells the story of the world's most famous clipper ship and the men who sailed on her between 1870 and 1895.

About the speaker: Caroline Gurney is a Qualified Genealogist, house historian and historical researcher, based in Portishead, near Bristol. She read History at Bristol University and graduated BA in 1975 with First Class honours. In 2019 Caroline was awarded a Master's degree with Distinction in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee. She is now studying for a PhD at Bristol University.

Caroline worked in the Diplomatic Service, serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in British embassies overseas, and also the Cabinet Office, ending her public service career as a Director at the National School of Government. She then began a new career in historical research.

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