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Historic ships handed 31m boost
Mary Rose
The Mary Rose is kept in an atmospherically controlled dry dock
Two of the UK's most famous historic ships are to be given a 31m boost out of lottery funds.

Some 21m has been awarded to the world's oldest surviving warship, the 16th Century Mary Rose, to build a museum around her in Portsmouth.

Another 10m will go to help restore the Victorian tea clipper the Cutty Sark at Greenwich in south-east London.

The ship was badly damaged by fire in dry dock part way through a 25m conservation project in May last year.

Tourist attraction

The Mary Rose was Henry VIII's flagship and spent centuries at the bottom of the Solent after sinking in 1545.

Cutty Sark salvage and repair

It was raised to the surface in 1982 after being rediscovered, and is now one of Portsmouth's major tourist attractions.

The Cutty Sark was due to reopen to the public in November 2009 but work will take another year to complete following the fire.

The 900-tonne ship was built in 1869 by Scott & Linton in Dumbarton to transport tea from China.

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