MaritimeMatters reader Colin Miell kindly supplied the photographs of clipper ship CITY OF ADELAIDE as she is maneuvered on her barge out of the River Thames, bound initially for Dordrecht in southern Holland, calling at Zeebrugge . Theses pictures were taken between 1pm and 1:30pm, October 20th from the waterfront of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London.
The clipper was renamed by Prince Philip in a ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College on October 18th, then yesterday moved from her moorings on the River Thames on an ocean-going barge, heading to Holland where she will undergo extensive fumigation.
The 75m-long hull, the world’s first composite vessel to have wood over wrought iron, will be wrapped before being loaded her onto a heavy-lift ship for the final voyage to South Australia in December.
CITY OF ADELAIDE will likely pass through the Suez Canal before arriving at Port Adelaide between February and April 2014. In Adelaide the ship will be restored and opened as a tourist attraction.
DUTCH PIONEER, the tug that brought her from Scotland, is a Dutch registered 2001-built vessel with a length of 26m and average speed of 8.9 knots
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