Cutty Sark to be restored in time for Olympics as funding gap is met for £46 million campaign

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The convoluted campaign to restore the Cutty Sark, Greenwich's 19th century naval icon, is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics in London after the government confirmed the final funds for the £46 million rebuild had been secured.

A £3 million grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will complete the project to re-open the Grade I listed ship to the public for the first time since November 2006.

Led by National Maritime Museum Chairman Lord Stirling, the appeal to save the ship was largely backed by more than £23 million in Heritage Lottery Fund money.

The future of the 1869 clipper had been thrown into serious doubt by a disastrous fire in May 2007 which ravaged restoration work and devastated the timbers of the ancient vessel....

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