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JAMES CRAIG

The Great Iron Survivor

Documentary - Maritime History

Presented By: Chris Wisbey

Duration: 56 mins

 

SYNOPSIS

Rounding the Horn 23 times, James Craig was a hero among classic windjammers, who rode the ebb and flow of world trade. Reborn as a global trader after WW2, another bust saw her destined to end her days as a rusting hulk at the very end of the world. In a strange twist, a crew of steamship enthusiasts breathed life into the dead wreck. Through their dedication and tenacity, James Craig sails again, as queen of one of the world's great waterways, Sydney Harbour.

 

HISTORY

THE JAMES CRAIG

THE JAMES CRAIG

 

 RESTORATION

IN HER WAKE

The remarkable story of the recovery and restoration of James Craig reflects over 20 years of commitment from a passionate group of volunteers. They transformed a rusting hulk beached in a remote southern Tasmanian bay to a sailing barque on Sydney Harbour. James Craig is now one of only four fully operational 19th century barques in the world. In 2003 she was awarded the World Ships Trust's International Maritime Heritage Medal for authentic restoration.

 

INTERVIEWS

Alan Edenborough
Alan Edenborough

Al is Project Director and Specialist Consultant at Sydney Maritime Museum. He has had more that 40 years involvement with Sydney Maritime Museum, and has served three terms on the Board of the Museum. Sydney Maritime Museum had been told that they had no chance of getting a permanent waterfront site unless a square-rigged sailing ship was included in their fleet display, so they were on the look-out for a suitable vessel.Project Shipwright Mark Singleton was lead shipwright on the May Queen preservation project.

Michael York OAM
Michael York OAM

Michael York has been described as 'the iron man for the iron ship', with over 25 years remarkable and enthusiastic involvement with the restoration of the James Craig. In 1980 he became involved with the Sydney Maritime Museum, was elected President and is now a lifetime Governor.

Tony Hunt
Tony Hunt

Rear Admiral Tony Hunt AO RAN (Rtd) is the current President of Sydney Heritage Fleet. After leaving the Navy he was shanghaied by the Governors of the museum to manage the final stages of the restoration. Tony is an engineer Admiral, able to bring together the project through first sea trials. Tony has been involved with Sydney Heritage Fleet for over 20 years.

Alan Edenborough
Alan Edenborough

Al is Project Director and Specialist Consultant at Sydney Maritime Museum. He has had more that 40 years involvement with Sydney Maritime Museum, and has served three terms on the Board of the Museum. Sydney Maritime Museum had been told that they had no chance of getting a permanent waterfront site unless a square-rigged sailing ship was included in their fleet display, so they were on the look-out for a suitable vessel.Project Shipwright Mark Singleton was lead shipwright on the May Queen preservation project.

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MAKING THE CRAIG

Our production team followed the James Craig