Masts go back upon restored 'Cutty Sark'

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One of Britain's most historic vessels, the Cutty Sark, had her masts raised yesterday for the first time since the ship was damaged by fire four years ago.

A crane was used to lower the ship's foremast into place yesterday morning, in her permanent berth in Greenwich, south-east London. The main mast was hoisted later in the day, and the final mast is expected to go up today.

It was a landmark day for the 19th-century tea clipper, which was ravaged by a fire when it was in the early stages of restoration in May 2007.

Cutty Sark chief executive Richard Doughty said: "It's extraordinary that we have got here, five years on from when we took the first plank off. The Cutty Sark has ridden its luck. It's quite an extraordinary survivor."