Funnily enough Hughie I had just written an article on this same subject for an upcoming issue of The Australia Times poetry magazine and this poem to go with it. I thought it was a fascinating story and certainly something that we should showcase with pride when Adelaide
returns to our shores.
She’s leaving Scotland’s bonnie shores and coming to Australia
bringing with her the memories of days that are long gone.
The last surviving member of her once large family
all of them renowned sailors who oft sailed our tropic sea.
Cause for excitement this visit. A link with history.
Welcome Adelaide and to the men who sail her.
This time her hull won’t feel the kiss of our warm tropic waters
this lady now is elderly and rigours she won’t stand.
A younger stronger sister will be carrying the load
in a custom designed cradle Adelaide will repose
and once she hits Australia’s shores, she then will hit the road.
She’s the cover girl – Port Adelaide’s loved daughter.
There are only two clipper ships left in our world today,
the other is the ‘Cutty Sark’– both clippers fleet and fair.
Adelaide carried passengers from 1864 -
English, Scot and Irish she delivered to our door
and offloaded these emigrants on South Australia’s shore.
Then she loaded, taking wheat and wool away.
History tells she safely sailed for twenty three long years
although, no doubt some voyages, were fraught by storm and gales.
She carried human cargo with their household goods and chattels,
labourers, soldiers and housemaids - kids with childish prattles.
Ready for a new start and prepared this land to battle -
each one no doubt plagued with worries and fears .
And one in five Australians have links to those who sailed her
and can trace an ancient ancestor who came across the waves
in the City of Adelaide , that grand old sailing ship
whose prow carved through the ocean waves and in green troughs did dip.
For over twenty years she sailed the seas on her round trip.
Welcome back Adelaide to our land - Australia..
Maureen Clifford ©
The Scribbly Bark Poet