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City of Adelaide Bleeds/Farewell to Scotland - Rita Bradd; Film/Voice - Kevin Cadwallender

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Published on Sep 24, 2013

A poem about the plight of the clipper ship City of Adelaide which was
built in Sunderland by William Pile to take emigrants to Australia and
her history following that epic role. She is 5 years older than the
Cutty Sark, composite built the same as the Cutty Sark yet the contrast
could not be more stark as to their current conditions.
I wrote the poem City of Adelaide Bleeds in 2012 and was privileged
courtesy of "stowaway" Peter Maddison to come on board, when I took the
photos included in Kevin's film. The music City of Adelaide: Farewell to
Scotland was subsequently composed by me, and I was driven to pop up in
Irvine at the departure of the City of Adelaide on board a barge towed
by the Dutch Pioneeer on 20 September 2013 and read an extract from the
diary of a lady who was on board the City of Adelaide on her maiden
voyage, and read my poem, followed by the tune. Folk present on the
moving away from Irvine that day were moved that I was the only person
to come and mark her departure after over 20 years on a slipway at
Irvine to commemorate such a very important lady, who had given service
as a gathering point for various clubs in Princes Docks in nearby
Glasgow. Film and Voice by Kevin Cadwallender

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