Ship profile for the sailing ship: "James Craig"

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James Craig, Werner Jurkowski, Sydney , 01/1988

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Werner Jurkowski,

James Craig, Naomi Durdin, River Derwent, Tasmania , 02/2005

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Naomi Durdin,
River Derwent, Tasmania,

James Craig, Donald Telfer, Sydney , 07/2007

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Donald Telfer,

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:James Craig
Ex-names:Clan Macleod
Registered port:Sydney
Type of rigging:BARK
Year built:1874
Yard:Bartram, Haswell & Co., Sunderland, England
Overall length:70.00 m
Length (hull):54.70 m
Breadth:9.50 m
Draught:3.70 m
Sail area:1100 m2
Ship's hull:Stahl / Steel
Power:800 PS
Engine:2 * 400 PS MTU Diesel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 22 Jan 2011

  • launched on 18. February, 1874 by Bartram Haswell & Co. Sunderland, England as sailing freighter for the shipping company of Thomas Dunlop, Scotland, under the name "Clan Macleod".
  • 1887 sold to the Fa. Russell & Co. Glasgow.
  • 1899 new owner from Auckland, New Zealand, 1905 renamed to "James Craig".
  • 1912 converted to a hulk, used as store by the British New Guinea Development company in New Guinea until 1918.
  • 1918 re-rigged and used under sail until the 1925 by Henry Jones & Company.
  • until 1932 used as a hulk without sails in Hobart, Tasmania, by the Catamaran Coal Mining Company to store coal, went aground and have laid there unused for more than 30 years.
  • 1972 towed to Hobart and some repairs, 1981 towed to Sydney, start if a restoration program re-rigged as a barque, finish of the project 2001.
  • used for day and weekend sailing trips with tourists based in Sydney, AUS.
  • 2003 awarded the World Ships Trust Medal for authentic restoration.

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Last tracked position of the ship James Craig


Website (English, 22 Jan 2011):
James Craig - Sydney Heritage Fleet: sailing program, historical articles, specification, voyage reports, news and events, sponsorship, photos, contact

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
Page: 33 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 39 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data