Cutty Sark & Lord Nelson
April 5, 2014
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And here I thought Cutty Sark was just a name for whiskey.
Here I learned that the whiskey is named after the last remaining
tea clipper ship, a masterpiece of sail innovation that once brought
tea from China to England.
Afterwards, I walked over to the National Maritime Museum where I was
surprised -- astounded! -- to find myself standing in front of Nelson's
admiral's uniform. And not just any of Nelson's admirals coat: the very
one he was wearing the day of the Battle of Trafalgar, the day a French
sharpshooter in a crow's nest fired a musket ball through that coat and
killed him. (You can see the hole near the left shoulder.)
I couldn't tear myself aware from this grotesque historic and practically
sacred artifact. After each announcement that the museum would be closing soon
I would turn and head away, then find myself circling back to stand before
the coat, as if I was standing before Nelson.
After the 5-minute announcement, and realizing that one of the guards would
soon come and ask me to leave, I thought: "This must happen every afternoon."