Clipper Ship City of Adelaide — Close to Home but Short on Cash


Photo: Sheldon Pettit

The world’s oldest surviving clipper ship, City of Adelaide, has arrived in Port Hedland, Western Australia. She has been carried from Scotlandon the deck of the heavy-lift ship MV Palanpur, with intermediate stops to load and discharge other cargo.  MV Palanpur is in Port Hedland discharging six trains loaded in Norfolk.  If all goes well, City of Adelaide will arrive in its namesake city in just less than a week.  In the mean time, the City of Adelaide Preservation Trust is continuing to raise money to bring the 1864-built ship back to Adelaide, to prepare a site and to preserve the ship.  Thus far, they have raised $156,000 of their $750,000 fundraising target.  Click here to help support the historic ship. 

City of Adelaide Preservation Trust calls for more donations as the clipper hits Port Hedland in Western Australia

City of Adelaide is a composite clipper ship, one of only tow surviving, along the with Cutty Sark.  City of Adelaide was  built in Sunderland, England in 1864 by William Pile, Hay and Co.  Between 1864 and 1887 the ship made 23 voyages from London and Plymouth to Adelaide, South Australia, transporting passengers and cargo. She later served as a training vessel for the Royal Navy as HMS Carrick between 1923 and 1948.

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2 Responses to Clipper Ship City of Adelaide — Close to Home but Short on Cash

  1. Dr Malcolm Howe says:

    Dear Adelaide,
    Hearing what you say about financial priorities, but please think of the future in Adelaide. You will not always be short of money and you only have one chance to save your heritage for future generations of citizens. The story about funding priorities in these hard times will itself become part of Adelaide’s proud legacy story. This ship brought the first settlers to Adelaide and these founders struggled too – with nothing at all to help them but their bare hands. This ship will make actually money too as a tourist attraction to be sure if the heritage story is properly presented. Look at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich London, 350,000 visitors per year and similarly Brunel’s Great Western at Bristol.
    A lot of business is generated in the locality with ‘people services’ of feeding etc.
    Common Adelaide behave like the international city we see on the world map!
    Kind regards and Good Luck from England

  2. Sandy says:

    Come on Australia and donate to preserve an important part of our history which is also Cutty Sark’s sister ship. A rare and historical beauty to be loved and treasured.