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Not sure if any one will see this but just seen article on Classic Boat web-site, meeting on the 14th to decide what to do with her, bids in from Sunderland and Austrailia to try and save her from "de-construction" read destruction! to lose such a ship would be a disgrace, given the bucket loads of money tipped over the Cutty Sark for example, a fraction to at least preserve the City of Adelaide. I do hope NHS is going to push for saving this vessel, albeit I fear it may be viewed as a chance to practice the NHS guidelines on "de-construction" of historic ships, we shall see.

John Kempton  


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Does anybody know if this old girl is still around? I may be good at blagging oak trees but would need more than smiles & joinery knowledge on this one.. eg trucks to move timber, fuel for them, major help with yard storage while timber seasons & an army of willing or paying to learn volunteers to put her back together. One man with drawknife & adze is limited but a few of us with favourable conditions may do the impossible. As John says, she's certainly more original than the cutty sark. Maybe a restored & sailing ship of her caliber would have more corporate "team building" appeal than one just built in turkey?  

Martyn Heighton

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National Historic Ships has been at the heart of this project since 2006 when we prevented the ship's demolition. Since then, we have been working very closely with The Scottish Maritime Museum and since 2009 Historic Scotland to find a solution which saves the ship. There is a very strong bid from South Australia, which has been given preferred bidder's status and they are now working intensively on their rescue plans. The technical assessments have been completed: fundraising is the major issue at the moment. The Scottish Government has indicated that it would meet the cost of deconstruction and is willing to transfer this money to a sustainable rescue operation.

In the meantime, a second bid is developing in Sunderland to which we are giving advice. However, at this point in time South Australia remains the preferred bidder.  


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hi people, i remember seeing the carrick berthed in the coincidence my cousins dive club(seawolves) based in Adelaide SA recovered an anchor off kangaroo island which they think comes from the city of adelaide, it is known that she lost her rudder there,does anyone have any info that may help provenance! photos of anchor on seawolves website. they plan to put it on display when fully restored. when i saw it it was in a large tank attatched to electrodes. ironic that such an icon of South Australia only has potentially the anchor as a remnant of her population growth  


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With reference to Hypnopod?s comments.

I?m guilty of starting an organisation called Sunderland Maritime Heritage (SMH) back in 1999 with the aim of Saving Our Ship (SOS), City of Adelaide.

Over 4,500 local people and organisations signed my petition to save the City of Adelaide which was presented to the then leader of Sunderland City Council, who said they supported our aims.
With advice from the City Council SMH then registered as a charitable organisation and went from strength to strength. I had some really great people working with me.
However, without going into great detail, devious local politics and backpedalling started to take its toll and our dreams of seeing the ship back in Sunderland where she was built became just that, a dream!

I personally like to think that without our (SMH?s) and latterly SCARF?s constant badgering and opposition to the proposed removal of ?A listed? protection given to CofA in Scotland, the resultant outcome may have been so different.
On a slightly different tack, the Scottish Maritime Museum still can?t answer where on earth the CofA?s copper bottom went while in their care for example? (It should have been stored safely for future study or restoration)

The answer to your question about an anchor found by divers is a difficult one, but on investigation here in Sunderland, there were 4 foundry?s at that time which could have made CofA?s anchors. Can you give a clue by finding any identification marks anywhere such as fluke for example.
However ships always carried spares and also lost or discarded anchors on occasion so identification and classification to one ship can be rather patchy.

Please contact me should you have any more information regarding the anchor or anything to do with CofA.

"Congratulations Adelaide"

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