Tall Ship James Craig
The James Craig is a nineteenth century barque that is operating in the twenty-first century. She was built to be sailed out on the open ocean. It was a challenging and satisfying venture to get the James Craig up and sailing for her first voyage in 2000. She went through her first Sea Trials on August the twelfth and thirteenth, 2000. She was setting sail for the first time in seventy five years and everybody on board felt honoured to be on board on that day.
The James Craig was recommissioned in November 2000 to a great fanfare of old steam boat whistles. On her first voyage between ports since recommissioning, the James Craig sailed to Newcastle from the 23rd June to 2nd July, 2001. They went to Newcastle at the invitation of the sitting parliamentarian to celebrate the twentieth anniverary of the Hunter Valley Training Company. At Newcastle she was met by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers.
The first extended voyage of the James Craig was to the Eden Whale Festival in October of 2001. In March 2003, the James Craig was awarded the London-based World Ship Trust Award. In 2005, she returned to Hobart and in February was met by a flotilla of about forty craft and were escorted like royalty. From 14th to 21st January, 2006, the James Craig sailed from Sydney to Melbourne and then back to Sydney. In 2009 she sailed to Hobart from 30th January to 6th February.
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