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City of Adelaide clipper delayed by high winds

The City of Adelaide being loaded onto a barge. Picture: PA

The City of Adelaide being loaded onto a barge. Picture: PA

HIGH winds have delayed the departure of the world’s oldest surviving clipper ship from Scotland to Australia.

The City of Adelaide transported thousands of settlers from Europe to Australia in the 19th century before ending up in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

A group from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, took ownership of the clipper a fortnight ago and it has been loaded onto a barge for travel to the city.

Scottish Maritime Museum said high offshore winds have delayed the trip.

The plan was to depart at the 1pm high tide today but this has been postponed until tomorrow.

The clipper is due to head to Greenwich and then travel thousands of miles to where it will reportedly become the centrepiece of Seaport Village in Port Adelaide.

Built in Sunderland in 1864, its sailing days ended in 1893 but it continued to serve as a floating hospital and then a training ship until sinking in a dock in Glasgow in 1991.

It was later raised and moved to the banks of the River Irvine and into the care of Scottish Maritime Museum.

 

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