1874 Barque "James Craig"

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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The James Craig is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque restored and sailed by the Sydney Maritime Museum seen here moored at Princes Wharf Hobart as the centrepiece of the 2011 Wooden Boat Festival.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland, England, by Bartram, Haswell, & Co., she was originally named Clan Macleod. She was employed carrying cargo around the world, and rounded Cape Horn 23 times in 26 years. In 1900 she was acquired by Mr J J Craig, renamed James Craig in 1905, and began to operate between New Zealand and Australia until 1911.

Unable to compete profitably with freight cargo, in later years James Craig was used as a collier. Like many other sailing ships of her vintage, she fell victim to the advance of steamships, and was first laid up, then used as a hulk, until eventually being abandoned at Recherche Bay in Tasmania. In 1932 she was sunk by fishermen who blasted a 3-metre hole in her stern.

Restoration of James Craig began in 1972, when volunteers from the ‘Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum’ (now the Sydney Heritage Fleet) refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. Brought back to Sydney under tow in 1981, her hull was placed on a submersible pontoon to allow work on the hull restoration to proceed. Over a number of years the vessel was restored, repaired by both paid craftspeople and volunteers and relaunched in 1997. In 2001 restoration work was completed and she was able to set sail.

James Craig is of exceptional historical value in that she is one of only four ships of her era and rig, still afloat and putting to sea at regular intervals. As such she is a working link to a time when similar ships carried the bulk of global commerce in their holds. Thousands of similar ships plied the oceans in the 19th and early 20th centuries linking the old world, the new world, Asia and Oceania. She is sailed in the traditional 19th Century manner entirely by volunteers from the Master to the galley crew.

(Sourced from Wikipedia)

The 2011 Wooden Boat Festival February 11-14 is expecting over 100,000 visitors to Hobart’s Sullivans Cove to see over 500 wooden boats from tall ships to dinghies and lots of maritime entertainment and activities around the harbour.

119 views at 8th July 2011.

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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot.

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