For this appeal we wanted to raise £50,000. This money would not only be used to carve a new figurehead, but also towards the research and design of the figurehead, creating a Nannie that is closer in design to Hercules Linton’s original, which was likely more graceful and slightly less fierce than the current Nannie figurehead. We also know that while the current Nannie is not the original figurehead, she is an important part of Cutty Sark’s history, and the appeal would also raise money to ensure that the current figurehead was restored and preserved as part of our collection.

The appeal was launched in April, with a special Cutty Sark quiz night, hosted by comedian Jon Culshaw, and we have been absolutely thrilled with the response from our Members. You have all been so generous not only with your donations, but also sharing memories of Cutty Sark. We have heard from so many Members about their visits to Cutty Sark, both recent and in the past. We even heard from a Member who had met his wife at the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College, where the Cutty Sark had served as a cadet training ship. These stories are a true testament to the significance of Cutty Sark.

Thanks to your donations we raised £50,000 by the end of August, and the work has now begun on the new figurehead. We have appointed Andy Peters, a master figurehead carver to carve the new Nannie. Andy set up his company Maritima Woodcarving in 1990 in an effort to keep the art of the ship carver alive. Since then he has carved numerous figureheads, both original designs and historical replicas. Andy has also restored figureheads carved by Frederick Hellyer, including the figurehead for HMS St Vincent (1985) currently on display at the naval training base HMS Collingwood and HMS Chesapeake’s figurehead. Andy carves all his figureheads by hand, using traditional tools, including some tools that date from the 19th century, contemporaneous to Cutty Sark.