The campaign to save the 1864 composite clipper "City of Adelaide" ex "Carrick" ex "City of Adelaide" is getting into its final stages. I won't go into full historical background as this can be seen on .

Firstly, the hull is in quite sound condition, and has structural integrity, making its movement feasible.

Extensive discussions within the past month have occured between the Adelaide based Preservation Trust and the Scottish Government, Scottish Maritime Museum, Historic Scotland, National Historic Ships and North Ayrshire Council authorities. The Scottish Government is currently exploring all options, but has recognised the technical feasibility of the fully costed Adelaide plan. Discussions have also occured between Ministers of the Scottish and South Australian Governments.

The extensive cultural links between Scotland and South Australia are important and provide more reason for the ship to be moved to Port Adelaide where it has direct links with many descendants from its 23 return trips that occured between 1864 and 1887. The plan is to preserve the ship, not restore it.

SA maritime and construction firms are providing material support, to complement the many other expressions of support (including those who signed the Open Letter to the British Prime Minister.)

The Scottish Maritime Museum also now provides updates at

A Dinner was held on 7 May 2010 to mark the 146th Anniversary of the ship's launch. A brief 6 minute video of highlights of the event is available at the following link.

About 250 individual and corporate supporters attended. Peter C

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Comment by David van Kool on March 5, 2012 at 16:21

Peter, I am hoping to add an update on progress on the City of Adelaide to ANMM's volunteer magazine All Hands. What can you offer for the March 2012 issue?

David van Kool

Comment by Peter Christopher on September 1, 2010 at 23:53
The original requirement earlier this year was for the ship to be removed from its current location by the end of 2010. In view of the delay in a decision being announced this will need to be extended a bit. Our engineers should be in Irvine during October to finalise technical measurements, a steel frame will then be prefabricated in Adelaide and shipped over. Currently not even the SMM has access to the site. I expect on site work by the Adelaide team to occur in the second quarter of 2011. DTZ report will be released this week showing an analysis of the options. Peter C
Comment by Peter Rout on September 1, 2010 at 17:56

What's the schedule of events leading up to its arrival on [date]?

Is there a time by which you must vacate the slip?
Comment by Peter Christopher on August 30, 2010 at 14:06
The "City of Adelaide" has been saved and will be brought to South Australia. On Sat 28 August Scottish Cultural and External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop announced that the ship would not be deconstructed, and that the Adelaide based Preservation Trust was the successful "bidder". The "City of Adelaide" is expected to arrive in the city of Adelaide in 2011, South Australia's 175th anniversary of settlement.
Comment by Peter Christopher on July 31, 2010 at 15:02
ABC TV Stateline ran a ten minute segment on Fri 30 July on the "City of Adelaide" and an international cricketer's heritage from 1876 passengers on the vessel. The segment on Darren Lehmann and the ‘City of Adelaide’ can be found here:
Comment by Peter Christopher on June 4, 2010 at 18:19
Hello Peter, the consultant's report has been submitted, but it's contents are unknown. Earlier public comments indicate that the South Australian bid was the only one that was technically feasible. The Scottish Cultural Minister is visiting the ship on 14 June so its possible we may have more information by then. Will advise if I hear anything. Peter C
Comment by Peter Rout on June 4, 2010 at 14:38

Has the consultant's report been completed and submitted and if so what was the recommendation?

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