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Ann volunteers for the Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball project and recently visited Cutty Sark and Greenwich as part of a study day.

Here's Ann's account of her trip.

My family went to tour the ship when I was quite young, and I remember two things very clearly. One was that my father always called it Sutty Cark, a tradition the family has continued, and his huge delight in being able to visit. The teenage me didn’t share his great enthusiasm, but I certainly didn’t mind the trip.

As an adult visiting a much changed and improved visitor destination, I enjoyed it much more. Everything was so well set out and explained.

There was loads to keep us occupied. The group as a whole greatly enjoyed trying to battle the trade winds to reach home. Tracy managed to get the ship back to UK, but others got shipwrecked!

I especially enjoyed the short film. The wonderful little facts - my favourite – the Sutty Cark travelled the equivalent of 2 ½ times to the moon and back! That’s the way I like to try and remember things.

Dr Emily Akkermans, Curator of Time with Alison
Tracy, Project Manager with volunteers Alison and Mary

I visited Greenwich about 25 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was nothing like our study trip. We didn’t have the huge advantage of a personalised tour with wonderfully knowledgeable Dr Emily Akkermans, Curator of Time.

Not only did she know so much, but she could unravel the threads and explain things in a way that even I could follow. Because of the closeness of Barton on Humber to Hull, we feel a personal connection to John Harrison and his attempts to make an accurate marine chronometer, so H1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and even the non-existent 6 were of huge interest to us.

But the most wonderful thing for me was seeing the rise and fall of the time ball. Some would say it was underwhelming, but I loved every second of it and can’t wait for the first time I see the Hull Guildhall Time Ball in action.

Steve and Mary with the Cutty Sark

The whole day was well organised by Tracy, and we were looked after very well. She had a very stressful start to the day with a flat tire and as she had all the tickets and was in charge, this could have been a problem, but she worked out a plan B. Luckily this was not needed, she arrived in plenty of time, sorted us all out and we had a wonderful day.

Many thanks for all your work, Tracy, can’t wait till our next venture.