The Motel History

Originally, on the site now occupied by The Cutty Sark Motel, there stood a gracious beach home that was check availabilitypurchased by Edward Hughes who eventually enlarged the facility to accommodate the burgeoning York Beach hospitality community. Due largely to its sole true oceanfront location popularity eventually resulted in the addition of a third floor with the Hughes Family continuing to occupy quarters therein. As the business and the family grew, other accommodations for the family were acquired and the motel building was further modified in favor of guests’ reservations. Second generation owners and current operators of The Cutty Sark Motel are Peter and Patrick Hughes.  Under their direction a second three-story building was erected and during the ensuing years the buildings have been modified with improvements to ensure the comfort of guests while maintaining the structural integrity of the facilities.

Clipper Ship History

Extreme Clipper
Launched: 22 Nov 1869
At: Dennys of Dumbarton shipyard on the Clyde
Length: 280 feet (overall)
Beam: 35 feet
Draft: 22.5 feet
Displacement: 963 tons gross
Height of Main Mast: 152 feet main deck to truck

Cutty Sark is the last of the extreme clipper ships built for the 19th century China/England tea trade. From 1870-1878 she completed 8 round trips from with cargoes of wine, spirit and beer to China and tea on return to England.

With the opening of the Suez Canal and the introduction of steam ships she was no longer suited for the tea trade. For the next 45 years she took different cargoes of various qualities around the world.

In 1895 she was sold to J. Ferreira & Co. and renamed Ferreira. She traveled the world with various cargoes between Portugal and her empire. Dismasted and re-rigged as a barquentine in 1917. In 1922 she was bought by Captain and Mrs. Dowman and her name changed back to Cutty Sark.  In 1953 she was she was acquired by the Cutty Sark Society. In 1954 she moved into a specially built dock in London, was restored, and in 1957 began her new life as a museum.

clipper ship Cutty Sark Motel

A cutty sark is a Scottish dialect for a short chemise (shirt). The clipper ship Cutty Sark’s original figurehead was named “Nannie.”  It is based on the poem “Tam O’Shanter,” by Robert Burns, that immortalizes the legend of Tam’s escape from Nannie, a beautiful witch who could not catch Tam before he fled across a river (witches, as legend reminds us, cannot cross bodies of running water). However, she did manage to grasp the tail of Tam’s fleeing horse and wrench it from the unfortunate animal. She is depicted on the figurehead with the tail in hand.

figurehead Cutty Sark Motel in York, Maine
Cutty Sark Motel   |   58 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, Maine 03910   |   (207) 363-5131   |