Long before the name Cutty Sark became synonymous with a high-end scotch whiskey, it was the christened name of a magnificent British clipper ship. Built in Dumbarton Scotland in 1869, she was one of the last sailing tea clippers ever built. The Cutty Sark was built with a composite construction composed of a wooden hull on an iron frame. The opening of the Suez Canal, also in 1869, created a shorter route to China allowing the faster steam powered ships to ultimately replace the slower sailing clippers. The Cutty Sark hauled Chinese tea for only a few years before it turned to trade Australian wool, a much better route for a fast clipper ship. She remained in service as a cargo ship until about 1922 when she began to change hands several times before she ultimately was purchased by the Cutty Sark Preservation Society to become a museum ship.
Yellow Garage dealer Bayshore Nautical presents an elegant 3D brass Cutty Sark clipper ship door knocker. The door knocker is beautifully cast in lost wax which creates the exquisite details and depth in the ropes, billowing sail and rolling seas. The bottom of the knocker is engraved with the name Cutty Sark and a partial quote from American author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
“One ship drives East
and another drives West
With the Self Same Winds that blow.
Tis the Set of the Sails
And not the Gales
Which tells us the way to Go.”
The door knocker measures 8” high by 4” wide and mounts with two screws. For sailors looking to present a nautical theme this famous sailing clipper ship door knocker will grace any entryway.
Cutty Sark Clipper Ship Cast Brass 3D Door Knocker