Tall Ships Visit Adelaide

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28 August to 1 September 2013
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South Australian Maritime Museum

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. 

Special event
SA Maritime Museum
126 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Free with general admission
Please note: 

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. 


I would like to have seen mention here of the Indonesian Tall Ship, Dewaruci, also visiting.  Indonesia is our nearest Asian neighbour and Indonesian language is widely taught here on Le Fevre Peninsula.  What a great opportunity to encourage students and families to come in to the Port for this event and to perhaps even try out a greeting or two with the Indonesian crew!
I think there may be a typo re saying sailing trips will be available on 29th of April, do you mean 29th of August, and also how would one book on to one of these?
Hi Adrienne,Thansk for that! It was meant to be August 29.You can book spots on the day sail by contacting them directly through the Dutch Tall Ships Facebook page.
Andrea, It would be great if the Dewaruci could come but, unfortunately, they are leaving Fremantle later than the Dutch and sailing straight to Melbourne to catch up with the fleet.Kevin
Where/when would be the best opportunities to watch the ships as they head south on Sep 1? Also, the best chances to see them with their sails hoisted. 
Hi Felicity,the ships are heading out from the Port at 10am on Sunday (September 1). You will be able to catch them cruising past from any point up the river or setting sail as they enter the Gulf.
Hi MelissaThe Dutch ships are managing their own bookings and they do it through their website so I do not have a telephone number to give you. I know they are full on Thursday so that may be why you have not received a reply yet. They are trying to arrange a sail for Friday but that depends on pilots etc being available.
Hi Kevin, thanks for your response. I was really looking forward to a sail but only found out about it yesterday.Maybe next time...
Dewaruci has broken her foremast - she is in Fremantle. You can see a photo of her on the Leeuwin facebook page.For more info on the Tall Ship Festivals visitwww.tallshipfestival2013.com www.facebook.com/TallShipsAustralia2013www.navy.gov.au/ifr DAY SAILS IN ADELAIDE :-You could probably visit the ships in Port Adelaide & buy tickets toowww.dutchtallships.comAdelaide, AUS August 201328th afternoon: Arrival Dutch Tall Ships29th: Day Sail, afternoon – join us for this unique opportunity10.45 AM embarkation, sailing between 11 am – 3 pmincluding morning tea and a light lunchcash bar¢ 125,- p.p.tickets can be ordered by sending an e-mail to info@dutchtallships.com30th: Disembarkation trainees 09h00 AM – Embarkation new trainees 17h00 PM31st: Open Ship between 11 am – 5.30 pm, gold coin donation on board the ships


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