As reported in yesterday’s Sunday Mail exclusive, the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is in talks with an international team of replica shipbuilders who are fundraising and seeking a location to build a fully working and sailing replica of the Cutty Sark.
While a number of locations are being considered the first choice for the Cutty Sark 2 team is to build the ship in one of the currently derelict dry docks at Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland which is why their representative approached CDPI last November.
If the project goes ahead it will be the first major construction of a civilian ship in Glasgow since the Govan shipyard was operated by Norwegian company Kvaerner in the 1990s. It will also send out a bold statement that a resurgence of shipbuilding and maritime activity on the Clyde (as opposed to lining the river with bland and uninspiring blocks of flats) is still very much a viable ambition.
We believe a temporary fix can be made to one of the dry docks to prepare it for the replica project and this will help to establish the case for a full restoration to allow use for similar projects and for historic ship maintenance and repair. The perfect centrepiece for a maritime heritage park!
The Cutty Sark 2 team are keen to involve local organisations and volunteers in their project and this would be a fantastic opportunity for young people from Govan and Glasgow to become involved in. Something they could tell their grandchildren about!
Both the Cutty Sark project and the acquisition and restoration of the docks are in need of financial backing. This is a rallying cry to the people of Govan and Glasgow, the business community and the maritime and marine sector in the West of Scotland to come together behind this ambitious dream and help turn it into a reality!
For more information about the Cutty Sark 2 plans see the website at http://cutty-sark.org/
Local groups and volunteers interested in becoming involved, as well as those in a position to offer financial or technical support for dry dock restoration, please contact The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative in the first instance – firstname.lastname@example.org