Another enjoyable meeting with a great guest speaker, Peter Christopher Director from the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd., dedicated to preserving the historic clipper 1864 City of Adelaide and making it the centrepiece of a seaport village in Port Adelaide.
A copy of the presentation shown by Peter is at this website.
However, some of the points that I picked up on are:
- The campaign to rescue the ship has taken over 14 years by a small team of dedicated volunteers.
- The clipper is approximately the same length as a Boeing 747, however while the 747 carries up to 500 passengers, the clipper only carried about 300.
- The 14 first class cabins actually had “ensuite” toilets via a direct hole to the ocean. Pity about the 2nd class fare payers who had to make use of the less than private, or comfortable, ship’s “heads”
- 250,000 Australians can trace their ancestor’s immigration to Australia back to this ship.
- Once the good citizens of Sunderland in the UK (where the City of Adelaide was built in 1864) woke up that Peter Christopher and his friends had ideas of transporting the hulk to Adelaide, they put in a counter proposal and then a law suit in an attempt to keep the remains in the UK. Before they could counter with legal action Peter’s team spirited the ship out of British jurisdiction in the Netherlands for decontamination before the journey to Australia.
- If you have ever watched ‘Big Moves’ on Fox then none of those could compare with the City of Adelaide’s journey from Scotland to Adelaide. Having Prince Philip as sponsor was another factor that helped the process.
- The City of Adelaide, along with Cutty Sark in London are the only 2 remaining clippers from 19th Century.
Magill Sunrise Market
Last Sunday’s Rotary Club of Magill Market was a great financial success for the Club. Thank you for the continued hard work by all involved.