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Fiona Hyslop welcomes Australian funding for City of Adelaide clipper ship

17 October 2013

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that it will provide up to $850,000 to support the transfer of the City of Adelaide clipper ship to South Australia.

The announcement was made today (17th October 2013) ahead of the ship’s official renaming ceremony taking place tomorrow in Greenwich. HRH Duke of Edinburgh will perform the ceremony where the ship’s original name City of Adelaide will be become her official name once again.

During her 149 year history, she was renamed the ‘Carrick’ when a new cruiser HMAS Adelaide was commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy in 1922. This was to prevent confusion of two British Empire ships named ‘Adelaide’.  

Ms Hyslop said:  “I am delighted that the world’s oldest clipper ship is being conserved and will enjoy a new future in South Australia.  The historic vessel was earmarked for deconstruction at one point, however our mission was to ensure she was preserved for future generations. Today’s funding announcement will see the vessel complete her journey from Irvine to Adelaide

“The Clipper Ship City of Adelaide conservation group was the only viable option to ensure the ship’s future and their enthusiasm and hard work, including the construction of a giant steel cradle to move the ship, a true feat of engineering skill, is to be commended.

“We now look forward to the opportunities for shared culture, history, tourism and educational opportunities with Scotland, Sunderland and South Australia the transfer of the City of Adelaide will bring.  I would like to offer my best wishes to the historic clipper ship for a safe voyage to South Australia and to her future home.”

The final preparations to transport the ship 13,000 miles to her new home in Adelaide are now underway. The City of Adelaide is expected to arrive in South Australia in Spring 2014.

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