8 Sep 2013

Clipper ship to be moved to Australia from Scotland

10:44 am on 8 September 2013

The world's oldest surviving clipper ship is now the property of a group which intends to move it from Scotland to Australia.

The City of Adelaide is due to arrive in South Australia this time next year. It was built in Sunderland in 1864 and has been at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine since being salvaged in 1992.

A ceremony to mark the ship's formal handover took place on Friday morning at the museum.

The BBC reports the new owners, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide, are preparing what remains of the vessel for its journey to Australia.

The wreck is to be moved by barge to Greenwich and later be lifted into the hold of a cargo ship for the journey to Australia.

The City of Adelaide was built to carry people emigrating to southern Australia. In 1893 it became a hospital ship and then was converted into a training ship at Irvine in 1924 and renamed HMS Carrick.

In 1991 the ship sank at the Princes Dock, Glasgow, and lay on the bottom of the River Clyde for a year before being raised and taken to Irvine.

In 2010, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide beat Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Fund in a competition to turn the vessel into a tourist attraction.