|City of Adelaide as she was in the early 1860s|
Anyone who was reading my blog back in 2011 will know that I had a real rant about British treatment of one of the last two remaining composite clippers in the world: City of Adelaide. That post also includes some of the ship's history and the background to the events described below. The other remaining composite clipper is, of course, Cutty Sark. Like the Scottish-built Cutty Sark as well as similar ships like Lothair, Borealis, Wynaud and Ambassador, (which were all built in Rotherithe), the Sunderland-built Adelaide's hull was made of both wood and iron, an innovative design which improved the strength of the hull and provided more storage capacity. She is a very valuable piece of the tea clippers' heritage.
|Adelaide being prepared for departure from Irvine|