Clipper ship on the move

Wednesday 15 May 2024
Clipper ship on the move

Port Adelaide’s famous Clipper Ship City of Adelaide will soon be on the move once more, this time to a permanent site on dry land adjacent to Dock 2 and the Tom Derrick Bridge. At its new site, restoration works on the ship will continue.

The ship has played an important role in South Australia's early history, being constructed in 1864 in Sunderland, England, specifically to carry passengers and goods to the growing colony of South Australia. It made 23 return voyages, taking about two and a half months each way.

One of only two surviving composite clipper ships, it was once one of the fastest ships in its class. The ship sat on the River Clyde in Scotland for many years, eventually sinking and falling into a serious mess. I can remember seeing it as a kid and wondering what its story was, little did I realise I would one day walk around it as Opposition Leader in its new home on the other side of the world!

The ship is fantastic to see and it's well worth a tour. You can learn more at: