Sunday 26th February 2023
Just 12 members of the club made their way to Port Adelaide to view the Clipper Ship “City of Adelaide”, the world’s oldest composite clipper ship (wooden hull on iron frames).
Purpose built in Sunderland, UK in 1864, to carry passengers and cargo to and from the city of Adelaide, South Australia, and name
d after the city. The City of Adelaide undertook 23 return voyages between London and Adelaide. The only surviving sailing ship to have given regular service between the United Kingdom and South Australia, and only one of two surviving composite clipper ships in the world—the other is the famous, younger, Cutty Sark.
Robert, our tour host, is very passionate about preserving and telling the story of this piece of South Australian history. It makes one think about what hardships people endured during this period when they paid considerable money to travel in such poor condition to a place they knew little about with little prospect of ever returning, in order to make a better life.
Well worth a visit.
An enjoyable lunch was had at the British Hotel before people made their way home.