The Adelaide likely to return to Australia despite best efforts of campaigners

Posted on: November 12, 2013 by

The Adelaide which is the oldest surviving composite clipper ship in the World having been built in Sunderland in 1864, is now expected to be exported to Australia despite a huge campaign to keep it here. The ship (which was Listed as Grade A in Scotland and is older than the Cutty Sark), was formerly in the collection of the Scottish Maritime Museum, but has now passed into the ownership of a group of Australian volunteers.  She is currently located in Dordrecht having been exported from Scotland via Greenwich on 22nd October using Open General Export Licence provisions based on classification of the ship as a means of transport over 75 years’ old with an imputed market value of below £43,484. This Guardian article outlines the final stages of her time in the UK.