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Last Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK
In Pictures: Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark on fire

The Cutty Sark, one of the world's last remaining clippers and a major London tourist attraction, has been badly damaged by a fierce fire. (Photo by Jerome Paccou)

Fireman at the Cutty Sark

Eight fire crews battled to cope with the blaze, which began shortly before 0500 BST.

A view of the Cutty Sark fire

This shot of the Cutty Sark fully ablaze was sent in by Elfar Ingvarsson.

The Cutty Sark on fire

Theo Szarowicz sent in this picture of the fire, which shows the intensity of the flames.

Copyright Trudi Bailey

Trudi Bailey took this picture as she was being evacuated from near the scene.

Copyright Trudi Bailey

She came back later in the morning to take this photo after the blaze was put out.

Copyright Emma Bullen

Emma Bullen took this picture early in the morning from her nearby home.

The Cutty Sark

Much of the 1869 tea clipper had been taken away as part of a 25m restoration scheme currently taking place.

The Cutty Sark as part of the London Marathon route

The 138-year-old ship is a major landmark in the capital, included in the route for the London Marathon.

A workman at the hull of the Cutty Sark

An extensive refurbishment programme has been going on to restore and preserve the famous vessel, which has been closed to visitors.

A workman at the stripped down hull of the Cutty Sark

The conservation project was taking place to halt the corrosion of the ship's iron framework.

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