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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