Welcome to Cutty Sark! Greenwich, 27 January 2015. She was built on the Clyde in 1869 to bring tea from China to London. Later she brought wool from Australia. Both trades were fiercely competitive and clippers raced each other across the world. She was one of the last clippers built, and has a wooden hull mounted on iron framing. Only two other composite clippers survive. Cutty Sark is the nickname of a witch in Robert Burns's poem Tam o' Shanter. The figurehead shows her holding the tail of the horse on which Tam fled from her.