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Become a Proud Supporter of the 'City of Adelaide'
Become a foundation sponsor and be part of this unique and exciting project to transport an 800 tonne, 147 year old, world heritage clipper ship on her final voyage from the United Kingdom to her display home in South Australia.
Sponsoring this project will enable your company to be a part of this clipper's history. It will also provide high exposure with impressive imagery that will attract the attention of the print and broadcast media.
The clipper ship 'City of Adelaide' offers a unique opportunity for your organisation to associate itself with a project that will provide recognition at state, national and international levels.
The following are benefits the project offers to your organisation:
- the ‘City of Adelaide’ brand;
- an iconic project that has popular support from the media, the South Australian and Australian community, as well as the international community;
- a tremendous public relations opportunity to promote your company and show your company’s strong commitment to South Australia. Our plans are for an interpretive museum and experiential education facility catering for maritime activities for a broad demographic of visitors and school groups;
- connections to the important way that the clipper supported the growth and economy of the colony of South Australia;
- strong links to the building of a nation and migration. 240,000 Australians alive today can trace their ancestry to immigrants and passengers who travelled on the 'City of Adelaide';
- connections to the whole foundation era of Australian social and economic history. It is difficult to imagine a more vital icon of the making of modern Australia and of the relationship between Britain and the Austalian colonies;
- historical associations with rural Australia with towns and industries such as Kapunda, Burra, the Copper Triangle, Port Augusta, the wool industry, the mining industry, the wheat industry;
- the connection with a pinnacle of sailing ship and ship hull design of another era; and,
- the immense maritime connection for both shipping and shipbuilding. Adelaide is home to the $8 Billion Air Warfare Destroyer Project and the new Techport Australia shipbuilding and supplier precinct.
The rationale for saving the 'City of Adelaide':
At the advent of steam, and the opening of the Suez Canal, clippers were the pinnacle of sailing ship design. Composite clippers were a unique stage of hull development when designers were using iron frames to support timber hull planking. They were state of the art.
The ‘City of Adelaide’ is one of only two composite clippers left in the world today – the other is the ‘Cutty Sark’. The difference between the two clippers is that the ‘Cutty Sark’ was a freighter whereas the ‘City of Adelaide’ was a passenger ship.
The ‘City of Adelaide’ was built in 1864, five years before the ‘Cutty Sark. She was built for the sole purpose of servicing South Australia and this is why she was named after the capital of South Australia. She brought out from the UK, migrants and goods vital for the colony’s survival and returned with wheat, wool and other export goods from South Australia. At this time, the colony of South Australia was only 28 years old. This ship is therefore a direct link to our pioneer past, with 240,000 descendants of her passengers living in South Australia.
The ‘City of Adelaide’ is the most important historic ship to South Australia still in existence and is ranked as being one of the 12 most important historic ships in the UK. Ranking her importance to Australia as a historic ship has not yet been undertaken – however identifying an existing sailing ship of greater significance to the nation is difficult.
From San Francisco to Portsmouth, the presence of a large heritage vessel provides a focus, an international identity around which a heritage site can be promoted.
‘Creating’ major heritage sites has been achieved around the world by relocating exhibits to locations of visitor potential. Such exhibits are often historic ships and include the ‘Royal Yacht Britannia’ moved to Leith and Scott’s Antarctic ship ‘Discovery’ to Dundee.
Such vessels bring size, substance and national recognition to a new heritage attraction.
By good fortune a significant element of South Australia’s maritime heritage in the form of the clipper ship ‘City of Adelaide’ has survived. We now have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this historic vessel and utilise her considerable potential to turn a local heritage area into an international tourist drawcard.
The location of the ‘City of Adelaide’ at the heritage Port Adelaide inner harbour would provide that drawcard and the critical mass to help the Port become a major Australian heritage attraction.
To explore ways that your organisation can become involved with this flagship project, please Contact Us.
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