The tea clipper, the Cutty Sark, was the fastest commercial sailing boat ever built,
and before she was retired and sent to the dry dock at Greenwich, she visited the
wharf here at Ballast Quay and the pub was renamed to honour the occasion.
Built in Dunbarton in Scotland the ship took the odd name, which is archaic Scottish
for a short nightshirt, from the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns