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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 by Martin Cox
CITY OF ADELAIDE (HMS CARRICK) Photo National Historic Ships UK mounted on her barge for transport to London
On Friday, 18 October 2013, the world’s oldest clipper ship CITY OF ADELAIDE will be officially renamed at a ceremony presided over by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. The event will bring CITY OF ADELAIDE close to the historic clipper CUTTY SARK on the River Thames.
Built in 1864, the Royal Navy purchased the CITY OF ADELAIDE in 1923 and renamed her HMS CARRICK to avoid confusion with the new cruiser HMAS ADELAIDE that had just been commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy. In 2001 the decision was taken to revert to her original name, however no formal renaming ceremony was performed.
CITY OF ADELAIDE was specifically designed and built as a passenger ship in 1864 to bring migrants to South Australia from Britain, the clipper was originally 50% South Australian, 25% Scottish, and 25% English owned. In 1991 the ship sank at the Princes Dock, Glasgow, and lay on the bottom of the River Clyde for a year before being raised and taken to Irvine.
The CITY OF ADELAIDE remained at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine since it was salvaged in 1992, with the cost of repairs put in excess of £10m and with her slip needing to be vacated, it looked as though the ship would be demolished. A rescue campaign was mounted by rival consortiums from Adelaide, Australia and from Sunderland, England with the Australian group prevailing in their bid for ownership. CITY OF ADELAIDE was loaded on to a pontoon barge for her initial journey from Scotland to London where she will later be loaded on to a heavy lift ship to be transported to Australia.
CITY OF ADELAIDE departing Scotland September 20, 2013, Photo courtesy Peter Roberts
In a recent press release from the Government of South Australia:
“The iconic vessel is a symbol of the marked relationship between South Australia the United Kingdom. An estimated 1/4 million Australians today are descendants of passengers who made the long and arduous voyage to the fledgling colony. Peter Roberts, one of the volunteers bringing the clipper to South Australia, and a descendant of Cornish miners who migrated to the Moonta copper mines in South Australia in 1873 said, “as the only surviving sailing ship that gave regular passenger and cargo service between Europe and Australia, she represents a whole foundation era of Australian social, economic and maritime history, and the physical link between Britain and Australia.”
“The ‘Clipper Age’ brought the development of a highly skilled set of sailors and craftsmen, and composite clippers like the ‘City of Adelaide’ were at the technological forefront of ship-design and shipbuilding. BAE Systems, Ultra Electronics and ASC are today at the forefront of modern naval ship building and repair in South Australia, and are therefore proud to be associated with the CITY OF ADELAIDE renaming ceremony. Shipbuilding in South Australia began in 1803 with the schooner INDEPENDENCE. Now, 210 years on, South Australia is home to Australia’s premier naval industry hub, Techport Australia.”
More than £711,000 (AU$1.2 million) of British taxpayers’ money has already been spent towards the CITY OF ADELAIDE 1600km journey to Port Adelaide, however, recent press reports from Australia suggest that plans to return the ship to Adelaide could be in limbo as the new coalition government of Australia assesses the heritage value of the vessel. The previous Labor Government had promised The City of Adelaide Preservation Trust some AU$850,000 to cover the costs associate with her transportation from the London to Adelaide. The Trust, confident that the Coalition will indeed honour that commitment was not yet able to arrange for the heavy-lift ship to bring her to Adelaide.
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File photo: An Australian navy ship shadows a boat (R) believed to be carrying asylum-seekers sailing towards Australian waters. (AFP/Basarnas)
SYDNEY: Australia said Friday just one asylum-seeker boat has been intercepted over the past week, marking a sharp reduction under the government’s hardline policy, while eight alleged people-smugglers were arrested in Indonesia.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s vow to “Stop the Boats” was a centrepiece of his recent election campaign and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the policies were working.
Under Operation Sovereign Borders, 215 people had been intercepted in the last three weeks, significantly down on the thousands who were routinely arriving each month earlier this year.
“The experience of people confronting our policies and our resolve is what makes the difference,” Morrison said in a weekly briefing.
The policies include turning back people-smuggling boats to Indonesia and plans to pre-emptively buy rickety fishing vessels and pay villagers for intelligence.
The government has also maintained the policies of the old Labor administration in which all asylum-seekers arriving by boat are sent to Papua New Guinea or Nauru in the Pacific for processing and resettlement.
Morrison refused to say if any boats had been towed back to Indonesia, their usual point of departure.
“The practice in these briefings is not to comment on operations that might jeopardise current or future operations, so I won’t be commenting on those matters,” he said.
The government has come under fire for not providing the public with more timely details on boat arrivals or tow backs, but Abbott denied trying to prevent any bad publicity.
“Our job is to stop the boats. It’s not to provide sport. It’s not to provide copy. It’s not to start an argument,” he said.
“The job of the government is to get things done and what we want to get done as quickly as we humanly can is this urgent national imperative of stopping the boats.”
At the same briefing, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus said cooperation with Indonesia had resulted in 17 people-smuggling attempts being halted since September 8, preventing more than 500 suspected asylum-seekers from making boat journeys.
He added that Indonesian police had recently made eight arrests, including three “high-value targets” involved in organising operations.
“Importantly, three high-value targets — these are people who are facilitators and organisers within Indonesia who put people on those boats,” he said.
“They’ll be charged with organising multiple ventures to Australia.”
Indonesian police were also seeking an arrest warrant for a suspected people-smuggling kingpin, he added, without going into further details.
“We’re confident we have a good lead on this individual,” said Negus, who has just returned from high-level talks in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, a High Court on Friday upheld the government’s power to impose mandatory prison terms for convicted people-smugglers.
The case was brought by a crew member of a boat which ferried 52 asylum-seekers to Australia in 2010 with Bonan Darius Magaming appealing his five-year jail term, the mandatory minimum sentence.
But the court, by a majority, ruled the mandatory sentencing provision in the Migration Act was lawful, a move welcomed by Morrison.
“If people seek to break those laws then they can expect to suffer the consequences of those penalties,” he told reporters.