"This is an appalling event. The destruction of one of London’s – and the nation’s – favourite treasures is a cause of huge sadness. I am sure this will remind us all how much we value our heritage and the sorrow we feel when it is lost. I am sure that the trustees will do all they can to restore this magnificent ship, and I hope the Government will actively support them in their work. The Cutty Sark will rise again."
– Culture, Media and Sport spokesman Ed Vaizey MP on the heart-breaking news from Greenwich.