Marine historians bring City of Adelaide home

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From, 3rd February 2014

A crowd has watched the arrival of the hull of the clipper City of Adelaide at Outer Harbor, marking the end of a voyage to South Australia from Scotland.

Supporters of the restoration project have spent 14 years campaigning and organising for the hull’s return to Australia.

It has been transported about 22,000 kilometres on a barge, then a heavy-lift cargo ship, since it left the northern hemisphere last September.

The clipper was built in 1864 to transport migrants to Australia and made 23 return voyages.

The hull passed the crowd lining the shipping channel at Outer Harbor on its way to temporary berth at nearby Port Adelaide.

Peter Christopher, from the trust involved with the restoration effort, welcomed the arrival of the hull.

“It’s absolutely terrific after a long campaign to see a successful conclusion and to finally see the City of Adelaide back in the city of Adelaide,” he said.

“We never gave up, we always believed it was going to happen.

“It’d be fair to say there’s been some long and difficult times in between.”

The trust says stringent quarantine measures were needed to allow the timber hull to be moved to Australia.

It is estimated about 250,000 people are descendants of those who made the voyages to Australia in the clipper’s heyday.

From the City of Adelaide organisation committee’s website

This information was uploaded to their site well before arrival of the ship reported February 2014.

See details on about the project and the group that got the clipper back from Scotland.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to …

  • Preserve the world heritage clipper ship City of Adelaide,
  • Promote knowledge of this precious ship’s heritage significance to South Australia, Australia and the international community,
  • Enrich lives through an interpretative museum and community venue, and,
  • Provide enjoyment for visitors to the maritime heritage tourist precinct of Port Adelaide and for the local community.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to save the historic clipper ship City of Adelaide and preserve the ship for future generations, by …

  • Transporting the ship from Scotland to South Australia.
  • Protecting and securing the ship under cover, and on land, in Port Adelaide.
  • Developing an interpretive museum and community venue that educates, entertains and involves visitors.
  • Providing visitors with an appreciation of …
    • the unique construction of the ship,
    • the traditional skills of the 19th century English shipbuilders,
    • the traditional skills of the crew of the ship,
    • the life on board for the passengers and crew,
    • the trade importance of the clipper ships to the fledgling colony of South Australia in transporting goods, grain, wool, wine, copper and other commodities to the European markets,
    • the great Clipper Races from Australia to the European markets.
  • Linking to other related South Australian tourist destinations such as Port Augusta, Burra, the ‘Copper Triangle’ towns, the River Murray Paddle Steamers, the ships graveyard, the Migration Museum, and the SA Maritime Museum.
  • Creating critical mass together with other local museums, heritage organisations and community groups.

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