Thought for the day 26 September

A new Job Support Scheme was announced on Thursday. Businesses will be working out whether they will take advantage of it to save jobs: some welcomed it and said that it will help them greatly, some said they weren’t sure, others said it would do nothing to help them. There is a great fear that the number of redundancies is going to rise significantly in coming weeks and finding alternative employment will be hard, creating a whole range of issues for individuals and families – but with particular groups (women, young people, people in the lower earning sectors) hit hardest. Apart from praying and lobbying politicians what can we do? Supporting projects like the Foodbank is a short-term answer, but what about the longer term? Are we powerless, or can we make a difference?

Lord, help us to remember and do what we can to support those living with, or about to face, unemployment. Inspire Governments do everything in their power to provide help and support. Show us what we can do

Cutty Sark built 1869: The Cutty Sark was a tea clipper built by Denny’s (started by Scott & Linton) at Sandpoint on the Leven. She was launched in November 1869, and was ready for service the following February.She spent eight seasons on the tea trade, but after the opening of the Suez Canal steam vessels could make the run quicker. She had various roles after that, before becoming a permanent exhibition in Greenwich.

Her vital statistics:

Class and typeClipper
Tonnage      gross963
Displacement2100 tons at 20ft  (2133.7 tonnes at 6.1m) draught
LengthHull  212.5ft (64.77m)
 LOA 280ft (85.34m)
Propulsion32000 sq ft sail (3000hp)
Sail plan1870   ship rig
 1916   barquentine rig
Speed17.5kn (32.4km/hr) maximum achieved

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