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    Cutty Sark gutted by fire!
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 May 21, 06:45 -0400

    It is a rare day when a 19th century sailing ship is the lead story in the
    news. And today's news is very sad. The clipper ship "Cutty Sark" which has
    been located in Greenwich for some fifty years, within sight of the prime
    meridian and the Greenwich Observatory, was gutted by fire earlier today.
    Fortunately, significant portions of the ship's structure had been removed
    as part of an on-going restoration project, but the fire was clearly large
    and consuming, and the basic structure of this historic vessel may have been
    destroyed.
    
    Here's a link to a BBC story about the fire:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6675915.stm
    
    Some key quotes:
    "The fire swept through the entire remaining hull of the ship, which had
    been covered by a temporary roof, and the skeleton has suffered substantial
    damage.
    
    "The boat was built for the China tea service - to be able to smell the
    burning timber and rope is extremely sad," Richard Doughty, project director
    and chief executive of the Cutty Sark Trust, told the BBC News website.
    
    "The tragedy is you can't remake the fabric of the boat - these are timbers
    that were growing during the Battle of Agincourt [in 1415]. History itself
    has been lost."
    
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