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Thread #125385   Message #2780164
Posted By: Rowan
03-Dec-09 - 09:39 PM
Thread Name: Save historic ship The City Of Adelaide
Subject: RE: Save historic ship The City Of Adelaide
All power to your collective elbows.

I was playing on the Great Sydney Ferry Race when the James Craig was welcomed into Sydney Harbour for restoration and it was a grand sight. At the time I was one of the Melbourne shantymen who assisted in the restoration of the Alma Doepel in Melbourne's docklands. It was only when I moved to the New England that I found out she'd been built at 'the bottom of the hill' (on the Bellinger River near Bellingen); a member of the trainee tour guide class I was teaching was a descendant of the Doepels and showed the class over the Doepel house at Repton, on the mouth of the Bellinger.

Heritage ships need proper respect, especially from places and institutions that grew into what they are now on their spars and timbers.

Cheers, Rowan