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The most famous of the clipper ships, Cutty Sark, is today preserved for posterity in a dry-dock in Grenwich. She was built to freight tea from China and was constructed in 1869 by Hercules Linton for the purpose of beating Termopylae, who was considered the fastest ship of her day. Both ships had mainly the same principal dimension: length 64,7, breadth 11m, depth 6,4m. Cutty Sark had a netto tonnage of 921 tons against Termopylae of 948 tons. Due to many centuries of ship building it was difficult to find a good oak in England, and it was also noticed that the oak frames took up too much space in th precious cargo hold. Therefore composite building became modern, which means that the hull was built with wooden panelled iron frames. Cutty Sark was built on a keel of elm and planking af teak.