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Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 1874 three-masted iron barque James Craig is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, with a spectacular Parade of Sail on Sydney Harbour on February 18.
The Heritage Fleet’s Patron, NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, and more than 100 invited guests – including a direct descendant of the ship’s original owner Thomas Dunlop, who is travelling from the UK – will be on board the magnificent ship as she does a lap of honour around Sydney Harbour accompanied by a flotilla of tall ships and other historic vessels.
Vantage points include Dawes Point, the Sydney Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Bradleys Head.
The Parade of Sail begins at 2pm and finishes at 3.30pm, with the fleet sailing from west of the Harbour Bridge to Bradley’s Head and return.
The best vantage points for seeing the Parade include Dawes Point, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Opera House and Duff Reserve on the south side, and Bradley’s Head and Cremorne Point on the north side.
Local boat owners are invited to view the spectacle (at a safe distance).
Built in Sunderland, England, and launched on 18 February 1874, in her early life James Craig carried cargo far and wide, rounding Cape Horn 23 times.
Built in 1874, the three-masted iron barque James Craig is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2024.
Originally named Clan Macleod, in 1900 she was sold to New Zealand merchant JJ Craig and named James Craig after one of his sons.
The ship was then used primarily to carry cargo between New Zealand and Australia, but she sailed less and less as she aged and ended up being used as a coal hulk before eventually being abandoned in Recherche Bay in Tasmania.
In the 1970s, a group of maritime heritage enthusiasts linked to what is now Sydney Heritage Fleet began the remarkable process of restoring the ship. She was re-floated and brought first to Hobart then to Sydney.
A direct descendant of the ship’s original owner Thomas Dunlop, who is travelling from the UK – will be on board the magnificent ship.