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 http://cityofadelaide.org.au/ .
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 http://www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/adelaide.html
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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