Proposal to demolish a historic vessel
The Scottish Maritime Museum has applied for consent to demolish the hull of
the composite clipper City of Adelaide. Their application is based on
studies which concluded that for the ship to be fully restored to go to sea,
or to be a static exhibit afloat fully restored, virtually all of her fabric
would have to be replaced at a cost in excess of £10m.
An option that has not been considered by the Museum Trusteees is
conservation without full restoration, which would retain the historic
material at a fraction of this cost, while making the vessel available for
study as a static exhibit ashore.
This vessel is of National Importance to the British Isles as being
representative of the vessels which developed the emigration trade to
Australasia. The application to demolish the City of Adelaide should therefore
be rejected and the Trustees be asked to consider alternative schemes for the
future viability of this vessel.
Here are supporting documents (Word format)
Justification for rejecting
Letter from our Chairman
objecting to the proposed demolition
The application has been advertised and those who wish to make their views
known should send them as a matter of urgency to:
Mr Tom Parish
North Ayrshire Council
Irvine KA12 8EE