The Cutty Sark is going to be reopened to the public on Thursady after a £50m refit and restoration project. A fire destroyed nearly all of it with only a small part of the structure left. Luckily many individual pieces of the ship were stored offsite as the Sark was in the process of being restored when the fire took hold. So pieces such as Cutty Sark figurehead herself and the ships wheel have been saved, but the rest of the ship has been rebuilt from new timber. Now it has been rebuilt using methods as close as possible to the original. But even then the ship was not that original to start with. It’s decks had been replaced in the 1920s and 1950s and the top deck had been replaced many times over during it’s working lifetime. Even the keel is not original.