Following a visit to Innerpeffrey Library in 2017 to hear a talk on The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry with a friend from Adelaide, I received a request to give an illustrated talk to Friends of Innerpeffray Library, near Crieff, Scotland.
Thanks to Friends Of Innerpeffray Library Programme, I took this from their page of events for 2018 on their website https://friendsofinnerpeffraylibrary.com/meetings-and-events
“8th August Rita Bradd: The Final Voyage of Clipper Ship City of Adelaide (1864)
The remarkable story of one woman’s obsession and how far she was prepared to go to see it through was the subject of the August talk. Poet Rita Bradd’s passion for tall ships led her to HMS Carrick, a dilapidated old wreck of a 19th century clipper ship which was slowly disintegrating at the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine. However, this particular clipper, the oldest surviving clipper in the world, has a fascinating history having started life as a migrant ship called City of Adelaide. When she was scheduled for demolition, the city of Adelaide in Australia won the bid to save her and arrangements were made for her to be transported across the globe on a massive cargo ship, MV Palanpur.
Panel AU27 of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry showing the City of Adelaide. This was stitched by Rosemary McKay and was part of the display at Morrison’s Academy in 2017.
Rita had been following the fate of the ship and applied for permission for accompany her on her final voyage. Thus began an intrepid 22,000 km, 10 week journey to see the ship safely delivered to her new home. Thanks to her extensive research, Rita was lucky enough to source a copy of a diary written on the ship’s maiden voyage and she has written a parallel diary of her own to commemorate this momentous trip. Rita’s talk links back to last year’s FOIL talk and exhibition about the Scottish Diaspora tapestry which featured this panel which depicted The City of Adelaide in her heyday.”
I was given a tour of the library in the early afternoon and saw many books, some hundreds of years old, and interesting items on display. Following the talk, I was granted lifelong membership of the library and was presented with a beautiful floral bouquet.
Check https://www.facebook.com/ClipperShipCoA/ for the continuing story of City of Adelaide