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Thomas Budd's sea chest on the Cutty Sark

Thomas Budd's Sea Chest

Seamen in the sailing ship era took chests , if they were so organised, to sea with them. They would become very personal things with the underside of their lids especially, decorated with paintings of ships, flags, their names or images of woman and places been. These have become highly collectable, a  reproduction  on board the Cutty Sark is illustrated here. Some where very good, a few seamen went on to become ship illustrators. The sailor Thomas Budd really was a Cutty Sark crew member, he was a 38 year old  Able Seaman (AB) who sailed her in 1886.

 

 

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