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Get the wind in your hair and salt on your face
Over the years I have been on a few sailing ships, but never the James Craig. Even though I live in Sydney.
On Wednesday the 27th of July at 8am and leaving at 8.30am from Wharf 7 in Pyrmont would now be the time and place to go on a short three-hour cruise where you board the magnificent James Craig and travel across the iconic Sydney Harbour towards the heads where you will meet the Tenacious as she sails into Sydney Harbour. From here you will sail in company alongside her as she cruises her way up the harbour.
The James Craig cruising under the Sydney Harbor bridge. Image courtesy of Sydney Heritage Fleet.
The James Craig was built in in 1874, but was known as the Clan Macleod. That was until its name was changed in 1905. For 26 years she plied the trade routes of the world carrying general cargoes during which period she rounded Cape Horn 23 times.
Over the years she has been used as a general cargo carrier, copra hulk in New Guinea, coal hulk at Recherche Bay, Tasmania until she was abandoned and became beached after breaking her moorings in a storm. In 1972 volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet re-floated her and after many years the James Craig's restored hull was re-launched in February 1997.
Join the James Craig in welcoming the Tenacious into Sydney Harbour. Image courtesy of Sydney Heritage Fleet.
The James Craig is a representative of the great sailing vessels from a bygone age, the ships which moved produce from the emerging colonies and brought manufactured goods to our shores. She is a tangible link between modern Australia and the days of sail during which this country developed into nationhood. In 2003 she was awarded the World Ships Trust's International Maritime Heritage Medal for authentic restoration.
The Tenacious in all its glory. Image courtesy of Sydney Heritage Fleet.
The Tenacious is a modern British wooden sail training ship, specially designed in the 1990s to accommodate anyone over 16 with a disability and it was launched in 2000. She became the largest wooden tall ship built in the United Kingdom in the last 100 years.
Depending on the weather and the prevailing conditions, while on board you will be able to experience the wind in your hair and salt on your face as the crew of the James Craig will hoist a sail or two as you sail towards the heads to meet the Tenacious as she arrives from her last port of call, Fiji.
As you are cruising to the heads and return you will also be treated to tea/coffee and morning tea of fruit and muffins. If you keep a close eye out, you will also see other tall ships, fire tugs spaying plumes of water and plenty of other small craft that will be on the harbour to welcome in the Tenacious.
Don't forget to take you camera along to get as many photos as you can. This is going to be a great spectacle on the harbour. It is also suggested that you take along a windproof jacket and please wear sensible footwear. Stilettos and sharp-heeled shoes strictly prohibited.
HOW TO GET THERE?
You could walk from Town Hall station across the historic Pyrmont Bridge, which should take about 15 minutes. Or you could jump on board a Darling Harbour ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
If coming by Light Rail from Central station you would alight at Pyrmont Bay and maybe you would like to take Bus No 389, which runs from North Bondi to Pyrmont and goes through the city through Park St.
For those of you coming in by car you could park at the Harbourside Car Park in Murray Street. When booked on one of our sails you are eligible for discounted parking. To claim your discount, please go to the Main Reception of the Wharf 7 Building during open hours and ask for your ticket to be validated.
Tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for Sydney Heritage Fleet members and $30 for children (12 & under), or a family package (2 adults & 2 children) for $100. To book the family package please call 02 9298 3888.
Sydney Heritage Fleet have a number of other events that they run. Click on each of the following to find out more:
So is you are looking to combine a short sailing cruise on one of the Tall Ships Fleet and at the same time help celebrate the arrival of the Tenacious into Sydney Harbour you need to book yourself a cruise on the James Craig on Wednesday the 27th of July. Click here to book your cruise.
Book your tickets now! Image courtesy of Sydney Heritage Fleet.