Richard Woodget

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Richard Woodget
Born 1845
Died 6 March 1928, age about 83
Nationality English
Occupation Sea captain
Known for Master of the Cutty Sark

Richard Woodget (1845 – 6 March 1928) was an English sea captain, best known as the master of the famous sailing clipper Cutty Sark during her most successful period of service in the wool trade between Australia and the United Kingdom.[1]
Richard Woodget was the son of a farmer in the English county of Norfolk who first went to sea in the coasters plying the waters of the east coast of Britain. By 1881 he was master of the Coldstream, and in 1885 he was appointed to command the Cutty Sark. A well-respected sailor and man manager, Captain Woodget, made several record breaking passages between the United Kingdom and Australia.[2]

In 1895 the Cutty Sark was sold to Portuguese interests, and Captain Woodget transferred to command the Coldinghame. However he made only one voyage in this ship before retiring from the sea. He bought a farm at Burnham Overy Staithe in his native Norfolk, where he lived until 1926. He died on 6 March 1928.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Cutty Sark – History – 1883 – 1895". Cutty Sark Trust. Retrieved May 22, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "The Cutty Sark". Cutty Sark Preservation Society. Retrieved May 22, 2006. 
  3. ^ Commemorative plaque on house in East Harbour Way, Burnham Overy Staithe. Noted on 20 May 2006.