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Posted By: Ross Campbell
29-Nov-09 - 07:43 PM
Thread Name: Save historic ship The City Of Adelaide
Subject: RE: Save historic ship The City Of Adelaide
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STUART INNES

November 21, 2009 12:01am

MORE than 60 prominent South Australians have signed an open letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, calling on him to save the historic ship City of Adelaide.

The group is a who's who of the SA business and political world - former and current state governors Sir Eric Neal and Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce have signed up, along with mining magnate Robert de Crespigny and politicians including Senator Nick Minchin and a number of his state and federal colleagues.

The group is trying to save the ship, which is the oldest clipper of its type in the world. It is currently sitting on a slipway in Scotland and is at imminent risk of destruction.

"The Scottish Maritime Museum is closing tenders on Monday for the destruction of the ship," Save the Clipper City of Adelaide group member Peter Christopher said.

The ship was important in world maritime history and also in British-South Australian colonial history, he said.
Read the open letter here

The letter of appeal delivered yesterday to Mr Brown was aimed at "stopping the desecration of such an important artefact," Mr Christopher said.

The Scottish Maritime Museum does not have the funds to preserve and move the ship and the owner of land on which it sits is proceeding with a housing development. The letter to Mr Brown sets out the plight, saying the ship is a "vital icon" and important in the relationship between Britain and its Australian colonies.

"The City of Adelaide is one of the most important historic vessels in the UK and every effort should be made to ensure the future of the vessel," the letter says.

It warns that the eyes of the world will be on Britain for the 2010 Tall Ships Races and the 2012 Olympics and "your actions in protecting the world heritage with which you have been entrusted" will be followed closely by Australians and the international maritime community.

The letter has also been signed by yachtsman Sir James Hardy, former federal ministers and international envoys Robert Hill and Alexander Downer, University of SA chancellor Dr Ian Gould, former premier and History Council of SA president John Bannon and current and former local government mayors, including Michael Harbison, Steve Condous and Joy Baluch.

Mr Christopher said the UK Government could move the ship out of harm's way in a preserved state for less than $1 million, or buy the section of land it sits on.