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Published on Jun 26, 2011
On the Morning of June 27th 2011, a bottle of Champagne was broken over the first of the cradle pieces that will support the Clipper "The City Of Adelaide" in her trip home.
The ceremonial breaking was done by Pam Whittle, the great-grand-daughter of the clipper's first captain, David Bruce, and Marion Wells, the great-great-grand-daughter of Matilda Methuen who migrated on the maiden voyage of the 'City of Adelaide' to marry Peter Waite -- one of South Australia's best known philanthropists.
The 'City of Adelaide' currently sits on a slipway in Scotland and its owners, the Scottish Maritime Museum, are being evicted from the site. With few options, they called for tenders to demolish the ship. The City of Adelaide Preservation Trust lodged a bid to 'demolish' the ship by taking it to Australia in one piece. Late last year the Scottish Government announced that the Australian solution was the preferred bidder. The Scottish Government are financially supporting the project for an undisclosed amount, but the Australian group needs to raise more funds