James Craig ex Clan Macleod - 1874

James Craig ex Clan Macleod - 1874

Postby Whickham » Mon May 21, 2012 7:29 pm

The James Craig is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque restored and sailed by the Sydney Maritime Museum.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland by Bartram, Haswell & Co, she was originally named CLAN MACLEOD. She was employed carrying cargo around the world, and rounded Cape Horn 23 times in 26 years. In 1900 she was acquired by Mr J J Craig, renamed JAMES CRAIG in 1905, and began to operate between New Zealand and Australia until 1911.

As CLAN MACLEOD

Unable to compete profitably with freight cargo, in later years JAMES CRAIG was used as a collier. Like many other sailing ships of her vintage, she fell victim to the advance of steamships, and was first laid up, then used as a hulk, until eventually being abandoned at Recherche Bay in Tasmania. In 1932 she was sunk by fishermen who blasted a 3-metre hole in her stern.

Restoration

Restoration of JAMES CRAIG began in 1972, when volunteers from the 'Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum' (now the Sydney Heritage Fleet) refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. Brought back to Sydney under tow in 1981, her hull was placed on a submersible pontoon to allow work on the hull restoration to proceed. Over a number of years the vessel was restored, repaired by both paid craftspeople and volunteers and relaunched in 1997. In 2001 restoration work was completed and she was able to set sail.

Current situation

JAMES CRAIG is currently berthed at Wharf 7 of Darling Harbour, near the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is open to the public, and takes passengers out sailing on Sydney Harbour and beyond. She is crewed and maintained by volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. The cost of maintaining her is approaching $1 million a year and the ship relies on generating income from visitors alongside, charters, events, and regular fortnightly daysails with up to 80 passengers.

http://www.shf.org.au/

The above comments courtesy of Wikipedia
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Re: James Craig ex Clan Macleod - 1874

Postby Whickham » Mon May 21, 2012 7:36 pm

I wonder if they can work similar magic on the Sunderland built CITY OF ADELAIDE currently rotting away at Irvine and due to be transported "down under" for restoration soon.
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