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James Craig

Vessel Number: HV000005
Date: 1874
Vessel Dimensions: 54.86 m x 51 m x 9.57 m x 5.3 m, 639.75 tonnes, 1100 m² (180 ft x 167.33 ft x 31.4 ft x 17.39 ft, 629.51 tons, 11841.5 ft²)
Registered Dimensions: 9.5m x 5.51m, 671Tons x 646Tons (31.17ft. x 18.08ft.)
Engine dimensions: 276Kilowatts (370.12Horsepower)
Propeller dimensions: 1140 x 1800 mm (44.8 x 70.74 in.)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
JAMES CRAIG is a barque, built in England in 1874. It is one of the very few remaining restored tall ships throughout the world and one of the few operational as well..JAMES CRAIG has had very strong trade and commerce connections to Australia for much of its working life. It is also a working example of the construction, layout and operation of a large square-rigged vessel.

DescriptionJAMES CRAIG was built as a cargo ship by Bartram Haswell and Co. Sunderland, England and is rigged as a barque. It has a plated hull, and wooden deck on metal beams. The lower section of the main and foremasts are riveted steel, as are thier lower yards for the course sails. The remained of the spars and yards are timber. It has a cabin on deck, below decks most of the sapce was for cargo. In its modern form it also has two engines, tanks and ballast.

Launched as the CLAN MACLEOD in 1874 and renamed JAMES CRAIG in 1905, it remained in service until 1911 when the ship was hulked in New Guinea. After WW I JAMES CRAIG was refitted when there was a shortage of vessels. It was in service for only a few years before it was again reduced to a hulk in 1922, storing coal. By 1930 the hulk was scuttled and abandoned in Recherché Bay, in southern Tasmania.

The hull of the JAMES CRAIG was recovered in 1973 and taken to Hobart initially. It then went onto a barge and was towed to Sydney where the entire vessel was restored or replicated in Sydney over a long period by the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Many of the plates were saved but where required new ones were made and rivetted in place in a gradual process.

JAMES CRAIG is now operational, working out of Sydney Harbour and undertaking periodic coastal voyages between ports. It has been to Melbourne and Hobart, and other regional locations, and undertakes daysailing trips off Sydney Heads.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:on public display
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:iron
Hull material and construction:steel
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Rig type:square
Rig type:Tall shipsquare riggerwindjammer
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:iron/steel
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Primary title: James Craig

Previous title: Clan MacLeod

Alternate Numbers

Official Number: 68086

: 75

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