Answers for “Cutty Shark: the fastest sailing ship of all time” with explanation

Answers for “Cutty Shark: the fastest sailing ship of all time” with explanation

Answer Keywords Location Explanation
 1. FALSE originally, passenger ships paragraph no. 2, lines 1-2 The fastest commercial sailing vessels of all time were the clippers, three masted ships built to transport goods around the world, although some also took passengers.
  • Original intention= built to transport goods not passengers
 2. FALSE                  given, name,  poem line 1-3 of paragraph  3 ‘Cutty Sark’s unusual name comes from the poem Tam O’Shanter by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Tam, a farmer, is chased by a witch called Nannie, who is wearing a ‘cutty sark’…’
  • Cutty Sark was the name of a dress, not the name of a character in the poem
 3. TRUE                    John Willis and Scott & Linton  Paragraph 4, lines 2-3 To carry out construction, Willis chose a new shipbuilding firm, Scott & Linton, and ensured that the contract with them put him in a very strong position.
  • put him in a very strong position= favoured willis
 4. TRUE                    tea clipper, UK and China Paragraph 5  line 1 Willis’s company was active in the tea trade between China and Britain, where speed could bring ship owners both profits and prestige, Cutty Sark was designed to make the journey more quickly than any other ship….
  • to be designed to → is expected to
  • more quickly than any other ship → the fastest ship
 5. FALSE storm damage,Thermopylae, Paragraph 5, line last Cutty Sark reached London a week after Thermopylae
  • Thermopylae arrived earlier → Thermopylae beat Cutty Sark.
 6. TRUE Suez Canal, steam ships Paragraph 6, lines 5-6 In addition, the opening of the Suez Canal in 1969, …………….

Stem ships reduced the journey time between Britain and China by approximately two months.


 7. Not Given ocean route, London and China. In paragraph no. 7. there is no reference to steam ships using ocean route between London and China.
 8.TRUE Woodget, hitting, iceberg  Paragraph 8 lines 3-4 And Woodget took her further south than any previous captain, bringing her dangerously close to icebergs off the southern tip of South America.
  • Woodget took the risk to bring Cutty Sark dangerously close to iceberg.
 9. wool after 1880, cargo  lines 4-6 of paragraph no.8 This marked a turnaround and the beginning of the most successful period in Cutty Sark’s working life, transporting wool from Australia to Britain.
 10. navigator captain and, Woodget, very skilled line 1 of paragraph no. 8 …The ship’s next captain, Richard Woodget, was an excellent navigator…
 11. gale Ferreira, repair damage paragraph no. 10, line no. 1 … . . Badly damaged in a gale in 1922, she was put into Falmouth harbor in southwest England, for repairs
 12.training Between 1923 and 1954, paragraph no. 11 Cutty Sark was bought by Dowman and brought back to Falmouth. Then, paragraph 11, ‘Dowman used Cutty Sark as a  training ship, and she continued in this role after his death. When she was no longer required, in  1954…’
  • 1922 + 1 = 1923 (‘the following year’),
 13.fire twice been damaged, 21st century Paragraph 11 lines 3-4 The ship suffered from fire in 2007, and again, less seriously, in 2014…


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