Monday 29 March 2010

Press article: End of the line for ships called Adelaide

From AdelaideNow:

ADELAIDE will be under water on Saturday. It also faces destruction within months. These are the fates which await the ships which bear our city's name.

One is the frigate HMAS Adelaide, which - after three decades of service - will be sunk off the New South Wales Central Coast on Saturday to become a habitat for marine life and a tourist playground.

Click here to read more

Wednesday 24 March 2010

The Vasa Museum, Stockholm

Click here to view the website of the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

It is a great example of how sheer hard work and determination can salvage a historical treasure and bring it back to life as a magnificent reminder of the heritage and identity of a place.

The Vasa is the world’s only surviving 17th-century ship and one of the foremost tourist sights in the world. The ship is displayed in a purpose-built museum in Stockholm.


The comment about the Vasa is indeed a very valid one because she has been preserved under cover. I am not sure if you intend to berth the City of Adelaide inside one of the sheds at Sunderland or indeed if there are sheds large enough. I think I saw a picture of Manxman in a large shed.

The reason for mentioning this is that unless (as I have always hoped) you send the rebuilt ship to sea, you will need to preserve her in the best manner and that is under cover. She can be restored and rigged and be very impressive but the thing to guard against is falling between the conflicting possibilities represented by an
iconic presentation, which the Cutty Sark will be when finished, and an appropriately protected testament to the origins of build and fabric. If she is not to sail I would think the best thing is to adopt a stance in favour of preservation and develop a philosophy at an early stage so as to guard against the siren calls of funders for exciting presentation. Otherwise it becomes difficult to maintain a ship as she needs to be when in the open (ie with regular constant work) when she is also valued as an archaeological artefact.

Richard Titchener

Tuesday 16 March 2010

City of Adelaide feature on Fyddeye

Click here to view the listing of the City of Adelaide on 'Fyddeye'.

This includes recent photos of the beautiful clipper on the slipway in Irvine.

Saturday 13 March 2010

'Adelaide' by Jeff Butterfield

Click here to visit the 'MySpace' page of Jeff Butterfield, containing a song called 'Adelaide' written and recorded many years ago. See the top right hand corner of the page to listen to the song.

Nil Desperandum shipmates!

Thursday 11 March 2010

Peter Roberts audio on City of Adelaide

SCARF are continuing to campaign to bring the Adelaide back to Wearside, and are extremely confident of doing so.

Peter Roberts of the (Australian) City of Adelaide Preservation Trust was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today. No news to speak of; he recounted the history of the clipper City of Adelaide, and efforts to bring it to South Australia. No mention of Sunderland, UK's rival efforts to move the ship to its Wearside birthplace.

Click here to hear the clip.

Blog: "...would it be fantastic if the world could once again see a sailing clipper ship..."

Post content kindly translated from Swedish by Karin Gafvelin.

Fredrik Leijonhufvud 9 March 2010 wrote on his blog 'NÄTVERKET FÖR FARTYGSBEVARANDE':

In Scotland, on bare land, lays unbelievably enough the old clipper ship "City of Adelaide", build in 1864. The ship is now acutely threatened by demolition, and the enthusiasts have gotten a respite to find a solution. The plan is to transport the ship to Adelaide, Australia, where the interest apparently is bigger. This ship raises a lot of questions. Is it worth saving, and if so, how? Sure it is beautiful in some way when it is laying on bare land, sure it would be exciting to see it in its former glory, and sure would it be fantastic if the world could once again see a sailing clipper ship?

To try to preserve her in her current condition seems like it could be an interesting alternative, but it doesn't seem to in the interest of the local athorities or museums. The solution seems to once again rely on enthusiasts and private financiers, like it ever so often does when it comes to ship preservation. In this case I can only see bringing her back to sailing condition as a reasonable solution. A ship that is in such worn down condition as this one will probably not make a good stationary museum ship, as it would lack too much of the material authenticity cmpared to ships like the Cutty Sark or the Victory. But this is of course only my own opinion.

I wish the enthusiasts behind this project the best of luck and hope that everybody that reads this also visit their homepage where you also can support the project.


Karin Gafvelin 9 March 2010 wrote:

I am happy to see that the City of Adelaide is brought to attention!

Concerning her I can happily announce that the date for destruction has been postponed to the end of May instead of the end of March, which was originally the plan.

Restoring Adelaide to sailing condition would of course be fantastic, but the question is how much of her can be kept. Would it be like so many other, similar projects, where a symbolic part of the keel etc. is kept intact, and the rest of the ship is replaced? When it comes to smaller boats I can see a point in doing so, but with Adelaide that is such a unique ship it seems a bit unneccesary to me. As opposed to Cutty Sark, Adelaide is in the closest completely untouched. From what I know she is also in a relativley good condition, regarding her being almost 150 years of age and not being looked after properly. In my opinion the best alternative is to preserve and restore her in a way that pays mind to and keeps her original parts, rig her, polish her up a bit and keep her as a museum ship in Sunderland, where she was once built.

Another interesting aspect about a potential restoration to sailing condition, where probably most of her woodwork such as planking and also the iron frames I presume would have to be replaced, is if it still would be the same City of Adelaide that we end up with? What defines a ship, a boat? A newly built replica ship would highly unlikely be considered being a 150 year old clipper ship, is it then reasonable to consider a ship where most of the original parts are replaced to be the same ship that in once were? Or do we rely on the ship's soul to live on even after a renovation? Existensial boat questions...

Whatever opinion one is of I am convinced that everybody with a sense of anything agree that anything is a better alternative than destruction, that is so fundamentally worthless that it hurts a bit to think of. The organisation that works on saving her, SCARF, doesn't have much money, labour or support. Send them an e-mail and share your sympathy and give them your support, it means more to them than you can imagine. It is the least that we can do to help those who struggle to save this magnificent ship and the unreplaceable part of maritime history that she represents. Losing her would be terrible, especially considering how unneccesary it would be.

Erik Enström 9 March 2010 wrote:

Well. Of course I think she is a very beautiful and fascinating ship. How did she end up there?

But if she is to be saved and kept it would require that a lot of crazy people want it at the same time. Maybe they exist "down under". From a shipbuilding point of view I don't think she would contribute with much that is unique. I often think about all the countless wrecks that lay hidden under the surface close to us. Everybody that has gone into the harbour of Mariehamn have passed over the "Plus" that sunk there during a towing. She is, apart from maybe the rigging, very complete and well preserved and about the size of "Pommern". And nobody waved any flags and demand a salvage of her right now. I feel that the time for large scale renovations is gone. Ships have always been restored and even rebuilt by their owners. Continuous authenticity of material is not a mantra and not of any bigger importance today. What is really important is the knowledge of how we work. In other words the terms of work has become more important than the age and origin of a piece of wood. A well-buildt replica is of big importance, maybe even more so than the original.

I think that in the case of the City of Adelaide we are blinded by her name and size. If you happen to live in Adelaide, Australia, your feelings are bound to feel extra much for her. And I totally agree that if you find financiers she is worthy of a fate better that destruction. She could at the least be allowed to stay where she is now. There seem to be sufficient space. And maybe her sole existence can bring more people to understand and appreciate the seafaring and shipbuilding of old times. I think that considering the costs, and from a knowledge point of view, she does most good where she is now. Maybe it would be possible to arrange to see her inside in some way. I believe in making her a museum ship in Sunderland, but I don't think that bringing her back to sailing condition is a good alternative.

Fredrik Leijonhufvud 10 March 2010 wrote:

I was just trying to figure out what would be a valid alternative today. Personally I think a preservation and keeping of her current condition is the most tempting and interesting one. I would find it more interesting to go visit her in the state she is in today, both of aesthetic reasons and to get knowledge and feel the winds of the history and old days. When I visit so-called museum ships I sometimes feel deceived when you realise how little is left of the "original" ship. But apparently it doesn't seem to be any interest to do so from the local authorities and financiers.

And if she doesn't get cut up I believe that yet another sailing museum ship is more viable than yet another stationary one. But unfortunatley it seems that she is in great risk of being cut up!

"... she is the base from which a story can be told"

Comment to 'Adelaide Now' 11th March 2010

I have been a keen supporter of the Clipper City of Adelaide for forty years now. I knew men who were seamen in the days of sail and qualified Cape Horner’s who had held their meetings aboard her when she was the Carrick. Indeed after Bob Alan and John Murchie passed on, I still knew men who met when she was the RNR meeting place and Campbell Mackenzie a member of our Cape Horner organisation is but one of them. For these and for the descendants of all the intrepid Emigrants who sailed in her it is so important she is saved, she is the base from which a story can be told. Whether she is in Scotland, Sunderland or Adelaide is less important than the issue of saving the ship intact for future generations. The Cutty Sark 1869 is in pretty dire straights her frame is weaker than that of the City of Adelaide, I do not doubt however that she will be rebuilt successfully. The Ambassador 1869 at San Gregorio Chile is effectively abandoned as is the Darra 1865 Quail Island New Zealand. This grand old lady older than them all should be brought back from the brink an icon of an industrial age now gone for ever.

Chris Roche

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Press letter: I can't believe it!

I CAN'T believe that Sunderland Council would let The City of Adelaide be broken up or go to Australia.

Could you really see Newcastle/Gateshead letting this situation happen? Sunderland Council you are a disgace! No imagination.

We want leaders with vision. Just look at the quaysides and riversides at Newcastle, Hartlepool even Teesside.

I think the councillors after the next election will be in for a shock. They have really under-estermated the feelings of the Sunderland people if there is not a positive outcome regarding the Adelaide's return to the Wear.

Why should we vote for you, if you can't get right something that is so fundamentally the obvious thing to do.

There are more people in the city of Sunderland than in Newcastle, so there is more revenue for the council than in Newcastle. Do we really look richer than Newcastle? Why are their council plans and ambitions grander than ours – and they usually get built!

Sunderland Council, surprise us all and just do something! I did like the light projections around the city recently. What a shame it wasn't publicised till the last minute.

Tony Wardle, Sunderland

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Press letter: Marvellous efforts

AFTER reading in the Echo about the marvellous efforts of The Adelaide movement to bring the famous ship back home to the Wear, I think the people of Wearside should buy the Adelaide CD and Adelaide rock to help this terrific cause.

Councillor Peter Maddison deserves the highest praise for his efforts to make this great dream become a reality.

It's the first time I have ever praised a Sunderland councillor but in this case it is completely justified. As for the other members of Sunderland City Council, I wonder why they are not publicly backing the wonderful ambitious plan to bring back Wearside's exiled treasure.

This is a chance that cannot be wasted. While the Vaux site can still be developed, hopefully in the near future one day, The Adelaide needs to be saved by March 31, and if this is not achieved, then yet another opportunity will have been wasted and the guilty people will know what they have done.

John Turner, Coxhoe

Monday 8 March 2010

Press article: Scrapping of City of Adelaide clipper ship delayed

Plans to scrap one of the world's oldest clippers have been postponed in the hope campaigners can raise enough cash to fund a salvage operation.

The City of Adelaide, built in Sunderland in 1864, has been rotting away on a Scottish quayside since 1992.

Owners the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) had intended to begin breaking up the vessel later this month.

But a move to transport the ship to Australia has been given until the end of May to prove itself viable.

The vessel, also known as the SV Carrick, is five years older than the Cutty Sark and voyaged annually from London to Adelaide with passengers and a cargo of wool.

Her sailing days ended in 1893 and she was purchased by Southampton Corporation for use as a sanatorium and floating isolation hospital following a cholera outbreak.
She has been on a slipway in Irvine, Ayrshire, since May 1992 while a debate has continued about her future.

The City of Adelaide last sailed in 1893

A SMM spokesman said: "In January 2010 the museum received a proposal from the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Limited, Adelaide, Australia.

"The proposal has been accepted as being technically feasible and the organisation has made a planning application to North Ayrshire Council to remove the vessel.

"Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Limited have not provided evidence that they have the funds to complete the project.

"But, after receiving assurances from the Scottish Government, the museum has temporarily halted the deconstruction plan to give the group time to put funding in place.

"The museum will not extend the halt in the deconstruction beyond the end of May 2010.

"The museum has not received any other detailed proposals for the preservation of the complete vessel."

Last year a Sunderland councillor staged an occupation on board the vessel to highlight a campaign by the Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Foundation (Scarf) to bring it back to the city.

Press letter: City of Adelaide

I LIVE in South-East England, but was born and bred in Sunderland. I was able, via satellite TV, to watch the BBC Inside Out programme which featured Sunderland city councillor Peter Maddison’s efforts to bring the remains of the City of Adelaide clipper back to its birthplace.

This ship is a piece of local history which, given time and funding, could become a huge tourist attraction and would look magnificent berthed on the River Wear.

I found it heart-warming to hear Coun Maddison talk of his aspirations for the ship, but for the life of me I cannot understand why the rest of Sunderland City Council is not backing his scheme.

The City of Adelaide should not be allowed to rot in Scotland, and it should not be allowed to go anywhere else in the world but Sunderland. It was built in our town by our ancestors and – in memory of their skills and hard work – that is where it should return.

Councillors and people of Sunderland, give Peter Maddison your full support before it is too late. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

David Young, Southend, Essex

Friday 5 March 2010

Press release: Minister considers options for the SV Carrick

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop today (Friday) clarified the options for the future of the SV Carrick.

The Carrick, also known as the City of Adelaide, is an A-listed ship berthed in Irvine at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

In answer to questions from Irene Oldfather MSP the Minister said:

“The Scottish Government has been working closely with a number of stakeholders to explore what realistic options exist for securing the future of this category A listed ship. Historic Scotland has recently commenced a detailed evaluation of possible options in order to help support the eventual decision-making process.

“These options are:

Removal to Sunderland;
Removal to Adelaide in South Australia;
Retention in an a different location in Scotland; and
Managed Deconstruction of the vessel.

“None of these options is straightforward, but by undertaking this exercise we will be able to take a fully informed and open decision as to the best outcome for the vessel.

“Officials from the Scottish Government and from Historic Scotland have held a wide range of discussions with a number of bodies and individuals regarding this Category A listed ship.

“These have included the Scottish Maritime Museum, the Advisory Committee of National Historic Ships (the UK wide body with a remit for historic vessels), North Ayrshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, groups from Sunderland (SCARF) and from Australia (The Clipper Ship, City of Adelaide Ltd) and the UK Government’s Department for Culture Media and Sport. I have personally met with a delegation from the Australian group and have subsequently spoken to the South Australian Minister for Transport. “

Thursday 4 March 2010

Youtube: SCARF City of Adelaide Documentary - Inside Out

BBC Inside Out documentary now available on YouTube!

Get an insight into SCARF's efforts to recover the historic clipper ship, City of Adelaide. As shown on Inside Out, February 2010.

Nil desperandum shipmates.