Remember the Gipsy Moth? No, not the pub, but what it was named after, the round-the-world yacht that was once berthed next in a dry dock next to the Cutty Sark. Well, it’s up for sale, and can be yours for just a quarter of a million quid. Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world in Gipsy Moth IV in 1967 and 1968, becoming the first person to singlehandedly circumnavigate via all three capes. Sir Francis was knighted in Greenwich for his achievement, and after he died in 1972, the boat was placed in dry dock, just to the west of the foot tunnel portal.
To be honest, I don’t remember it being a huge draw – it’s a tiny little thing as well – and as memories of the boat faded, it was lifted out of its dock to little fanfare in 2004. Three years and a full restoration later, it completed a second navigation around the world.
Now it’s up for sale – as the brokers say, half ship, half historic object. Is it time to bring the Gipsy Moth back to Greenwich again – or with the uncertain progress of the Cutty Sark restoration, have we got enough on our plate as it is?