23 September 2013
The last voyage of the world's oldest clipper ship commenced from Scotland on 18 September 2013 bound for South Australia.
The City of Adelaide - the only surviving purpose-built sailing ship to bring migrants from Europe to Australia – is expected to arrive in Port Adelaide between February and April in 2014.
It is calculated that approximately a quarter of a million South Australians, or one in five, can trace an ancestor that migrated, or was a passenger, on the City of Adelaide, according to gouldgenealogy.com
The clipper’s cradle has now been welded to the barge, and additional sea-fastenings installed.
Her journey will firstly head to her original homeport of London for a celebration and formal farewell in October at the historic Greenwich on the River Thames.
The City of Adelaide, atop the large barge, will moor for several days near her younger ‘sister’– the world famous Cutty Sark, a Greenwich landmark for six decades - before continuing her journey via a quarantine and preparation stop in Europe.
The City of Adelaide is scheduled to eventually arrive in Port Adelaide between February and April next year (2014).
The voyage will end an extraordinary 14-year campaign by engineers, maritime historians, ship enthusiasts, descendants of the ship’s migrants and supporters.