Happy Anniversary Clipper Ship City of Adelaide

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of clipper ship City of Adelaide.  She was built in Sunderland by William Pile and left London headed for South Australia on 6th August 1864.  Photo from Wikipedia.

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William Pile and I share the same birthday – though I hasten to add, not the same birth year!

I was lucky to voyage with City of Adelaide on board heavy-lift cargo ship M V Palanpur, leaving Rotterdam on 26 November 2013 and arriving in Port Adelaide on 3 February 2014 after 70 days at sea.

Captain David Bruce was City of Adelaide‘s first Master and part-owner.  Photo from Wikipedia.

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I was delighted to meet Captain Bruce’s great-granddaughter Pam Whittle at a Reception to welcome City of Adelaide home, on board one of Port Adelaide’s cruise boats Dolphin Explorer.  Pam is an amazing lady with two sparkling daughters, Meredith and Julia and all have become treasures in my life.  This photo gives the scale of size of City of Adelaide, thanks to Meredith for sending me it.

Jumbo Jet and City of Adelaide

… and here I am.  I stayed on board Palanpur until City of Adelaide was off loaded onto the barge Bradley, her temporary home.

Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide. City of Adelaide being 'skidded' off MV Palanpur onto barge Bradley, her temporary home.

Thank you for looking!  I hope to see you again soon.

Rita

 

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