Bad weather scuppers Australia day welcome for historic Sunderland ship

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PLANS for Sunderland’s City of Adelaide clipper ship to arrive in Port Adelaide in time for Australia Day have been thwarted.

The world’s oldest clipper ship, built on Wearside and launched in 1864, was due to arrive in the Australian city on January 20.

However, bad weather in the U.S. means it will not arrive before January 30.

City of Adelaide Preservation Trust director, Peter Christopher, said he had expected between 10,000 to 20,000 people to watch the ship coming into Adelaide on Australia Day.

The 74-metre long clipper is being transported on board the cargo ship the MV Palanpur. Once it arrives at Outer Harbour, it will be lifted onto a barge bought by the Trust and floated down the Port River to its temporary home at Dock One, in the inner harbour.

Peter Christopher, said: “People will be able to walk up and view it.

“We want to see if there’s something we can do to give people information and answer questions, and ideally sell things to raise necessary funds.” The clipper will be moved to a permanent site later in the year, and the Trust hopes to eventually display it as the centrepiece of a maritime precinct.

The State Government has started negotiations to find a site preferable to the Trust, after public criticism to a previous plan to display the clipper on the Port River at Largs North.

Locals were concerned about the ship’s lack of historical connection with the area and the difficulty of developing a heritage precinct around it.

The opposition party has also promised that it will find a site for the City of Adelaide in the inner harbour, if elected in March.