Ahoy! Climb aboard the Cutty Sark, once the fastest ship in the world.

The Cutty Sark was quickly surpassed as the fastest ship for shorter routes, but held the fastest time for longer voyages to Australia for over ten years!

Visitors play the 'Collect the eggs' challenge in 'Captain Woodget's Apprentice' game on board Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark was named after a witch in a poem by Robert Burns. She was called Nannie Dee but nicknamed Cutty Sark. Check out this video by the Royal Museums Greenwich to learn more about the story on how Cutty Sark got its name.

The ship Cutty Sark was sold to Portugal for a few years and returned to England as a training vessel. She’s living out her retirement dry docked in Greenwich where you can now explore her decks.

Interactive experience on the Cutty Sark ship deck

Join the crew of the Cutty Sark in an augmented reality voyage! The Cutty Sark has an integrated game onto the deck of the ship with the Gamar app.

Visitor playing 'Catch the mischievous monkey' challenge in 'Captain Woodget's Apprentice' game on board Cutty Sark

In this interactive game 'Captain Woodget’s Apprentice' you will be able to complete important jobs throughout the ship and ensure everyday life on board runs smoothly. You will help the crew by ringing the bell, steering the ship and unfurling the sails, or catch mischievous monkeys who like to steal the Captain’s sugar. Here is your opportunity to join the crew of Cutty Sark and experience what life was like for those who sailed this incredible tea clipper over a century ago. 

Families and children playing 'Captain Woodget's Apprentice' game on board Cutty Sark

A game for Families, Children and Travellers

This game transforms the deck into an interactive space. Many parents have said that the game engaged their kids and kept them enthralled for the entire voyage. One mother wrote a blog about how her daughter with autism was immediately at ease and comfortable in a loud environment because of the game. Check out her blog here.

A family shared their experience playing the 'Captain Woodget's Apprentice' game on board Cutty Sark

Intergenerational Fun

One of the best things about the game is that it enables intergenerational fun - interactive fun games along with loads of interesting stories about the history of Cutty Sark, the famous Captain Woodget and his sailors.

"What really surprised me was how much my Mum who came with us also enjoyed the experience too. She went round with my daughter and completed the tasks on the iPad, she also thoroughly enjoyed it. A gap of 60 years melted away, they were both engaged and have a great time."

Claire Madge, Museum & Culture Blogger on her blog Tincture of Museum

A young visitor and her grandmother playing the game on board Cutty Sark

Visit the Cutty Sark and play the Captain Woodget’s Apprentice game to imagine what it would be like on an ocean-crossing voyage.

Download now and experience the fun!

How to Play

Download the Gamar app on your mobile phone or tablet.

Go to the Cutty Sark Museum channel, download 'Captain Woodget's Apprentice' and keep it ready to play on the Cutty Sark.

Getting to Cutty Sark

Open daily 10am to 5pm (Last admission 4.15pm) 

Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT

For more information on how to get there click here.

Step on to the main deck of the Cutty Sark ship and walk to different points to play different challenges, living the life of a sailor.

Tags: Augmented reality, Museum, Visitor Engagement, Days out, Cutty Sark, Greenwich Museums, Royal Museums Greenwich

Rachel Lydford

Avid painter, cyclist and video game player. Culture, arts and museum enthusiast. Customer Success Manager at Gamar.

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