Work starts in Scotland - 9 April 2013

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Work is now well underway preparing the City of Adelaide for movement from Scotland to South Australia.

One of the Trust's Directors, Richard Smith, has been on site in Irvine for several weeks as Project Manager for the movement of the cradle beneath the ship.

After being designed and pre-fabricated in South Australia, the cradle was shipped to Scotland in five large shipping containers and completely assembled for the first time alongside the ship. The cradle was fabricated with donated support from engineering firms across South Australia.

During March, work started to dis-assemble the 100 ton cradle and to begin the heavy engineering task of re-assembling it beneath the ship.

The task involves volunteer Richard Smith managing a paid workforce using specialist equipment from Scotland and the Netherlands, utilising funds raised for this purpose.

Once the cradle is in place the ship will be lifted and weighed, so that a carrying ship can be booked to transport the City of Adelaide to Adelaide.

The ship will also require extensive quarantine treatment in Scotland to satisfy import requirements into Australia. The transportation of the giant 10 metre high rudder to Adelaide recently enabled quarantine processes to be tested.

See also the article on Transportation.


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