There’ve been two themes so far today – incompetence and the sea. And on Christopher Wren Day, let’s add design and architecture to that.
And so to the burning of the Cutty Sark. This magnificent vessel, which I’m proud to say, along probably with you, I’ve been on board quite a few times – remember I lived near there – this vessel was the pride of Britain.
All right, perhaps she did not actually beat Thermopylae home in tht race, breaking her rudder 400 miles ahead of her rival but she was still magnificent:
The photographer stood in two ship’s boats lashed together to take that picture.
And what fate awaits a lady who, a century later, needs to be allowed to rest in peace? Well, you put her in dry dock in Greenwich and allow the public from around the world to come and admire, soak up the atmosphere.…