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Greenwich's iconic Cutty Sark has attracted record numbers of visitors from home and abroad since re-opening in April last year.

cuttysarknew1.JPGThe Cutty Sark Trust's director Richard Doughty has spoken out against claims by The Victorian Society that the ship's eye catching makeover did not have the historic clipper's best interests at its heart.

The six year, £50million restoration project which raised the vessel almost three metres into the air and encased the lower portion in glass, was awarded Building Design Online's Carbuncle Cup for "tragically defiling the thing it set out to save," coinciding with a damning reaction from The Victorian Society's director Chris Costelloe.

Cutty Sark142.jpgThe restoration of the Cutty Sark moved a step closer after the tea clipper's masts were raised for the first time in over four years.

The three masts were erected over the weekend on the Greenwich landmark, has been closed since November 2006, is due to be reopened by The Queen next spring after a £50million conservation project.

AA cuttysark142.jpgIconic clipper the Cutty Sark has been hoisted almost 12 feet up into the air and become the first ship to receive such treatment.

The Greenwich landmark is currently undergoing extensive restoration work and this week the cradle holding the ship was jacked up 11' 6" above its dry dock.

AA cutty sark142.jpgAn awe-inspiring event only matching the arrival of the blue whale at the Natural History Museum for impact.

That is how Cutty Sark Trust Director Richard Doughty feels about the latest stage in the ship's restoration - the first time any historic vessel in the world has been permanently raised to preserve its structure.