This is not a comment on a brand of whiskey nor the witch in Robbie Burns’s poem. The Cutty Sark was the fastest tea clipper built in Britain. On her maiden voyage she set a speed record for the trip to India: three-and-a-half months. After steam power proved slower but more reliable, clipper ships were retired. The Cutty Sark became a wool ship, a stationary training ship, and then a tourist attraction. She has been moored in Greenwich and undergoing repairs to conserve her fabric.
Today the ship caught fire and the fire spread quickly from one end to another. Police suspect arson and are investigating. The ship’s metal frame remains and some wood had been removed for repairs. The ship may be rebuilt.