Thursday, May 24, 2007


(Source: Wikipedia)

During my seafaring days, every mariner worth his salt whose ship was docked in one of London's former famous Royal Docks (now closed to shipping from 1981), will somehow find time to visit Greenwich. The town, located on the south bank of the River Thames is best known for its maritime history and as the location of Greenwich Mean Time or G.M.T., which was at one time based on observations made at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

The Cutty Sark, a famous tall 'clipper' sailing ship, was in a dry dock by the river in Greenwich until it was almost destroyed by fire, believed to be by arson, a few days ago. Only her steel frames saved her from becoming a total loss and plans are already afoot to rebuild her back to her former glory. (Read my friend and fellow blogger Shanghai Fish's take on this, here).

Maritime Greenwich, which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997, is also the home of the Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime Museum.

There is also the University of Greenwich, where my daughter Nurasyikin graduated from 10 years ago.


  1. Capt.,
    I miss Greenwich. The last time I was there was in 1985. When can I ever visit the place again...

  2. Hmmm... I was wondering the same thing - about the steel. But I suppose it can be restored, but won't be as "real" anymore. Been to London but never the docks. Perhaps to list it a sights to see before er,er.. but not say it. Salaam Cap.


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