Five tall ships will meet at Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbor from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September. It will be the biggest gathering of sail in 25 years!
The Tall Ships will depart Port Adelaide on Sunday morning at 10am and travel to Kangaroo Island for an overnight stay. The route taken to Kangaroo Island is determined on wind and weather conditions therefore we are unable to provide further details. We encourage you to keep an eye out for these spectacular ships along our coastline.
The ships are open to the public on Saturday August 31 from 11am to 5.30pm.
Three Dutch ships are sailing for Adelaide to join South Australia’s own One & All and Falie in a festival of sail. They are the bark Europa (built 1911), three-masted schooner Oosterschelde (1917) and the lugger Tecla (1915). You can learn more about their voyage at www.dutchtallships.com. The ships will be open to the public on Saturday 31 August.
The SA Maritime Museum will present a Festival of Maritime Trades on 31 August from 11am until 5pm. Traditional sail maker Don Lucas and Port Adelaide shipwrights Andrew McFarlane and Bill Porter will demonstrate the skills that sustained the age of sail. Don Lucas has appeared regularly at Mystic Seaport Museum in the USA and Andrew McFarlane’s and Bill Porter’s families ran their boat yards in Port Adelaide’s Jenkins Street for generations.
They will be joined by the Artist Blacksmiths Association of South Australia, traditional cooper Steve Sinclair, master rope worker Karl Jensen and a group of fine model makers. The master craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and discuss their trades with visitors.
The sea shanty choir Shanghaied Crew will perform throughout the day.
Our Port has a rich and continuing history. The Festival of Maritime Trades will celebrate Port Adelaide’s living history.
The Dutch Tall Ships are now offering day sails to the public on 29 August. For more information and to book your spot, visit the Dutch Tall Ships Facebook page.
Festival of Maritime Trades free with museum general admission. Bookings are not required.
Four of the five tall ships will be open to visitors at $2 a person from 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday 31 August. There are no bookings for tall ship tours. Please come early to avoid disappointment.