Engineers are continuing to survey the fire raveged wreckage of the Cutty Sark after yesterday's blaze.
Fire erupted in the old ship's hold early on Monday morning, destroying the integrity of its three decks. Timber members were entirely consumed, and wrought iron beams weakened in the 1,000C inferno.'The ship was fragile before the fire, but I'd score it eight out of 10 for fragility now,' warned Chris Livett, chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, the consortium that is carrying out a £25M restoration of the ship.'Cutty Sark was designed and built to accommodate a certain degree of movement under the stress and strain imposed by wind and waves,' said Livett. 'The question is whether the deformation has been within those tolerances or not.'A detailed survey of the ship is to be carried out over the next week. 'Until that's completed, we won't know whether it's worth continuing with the restoration or not,' Livett said.A full report will appear in this week's New Civil Engineer magazine.