Photo: the Carrick, built in 1864, is in desperate need of repair. Image courtesy of Alan Ingram / www.caingram.com
A Scottish businessman has stepped in to save the historic Victorian clipper Carrick, a sister ship to the Cutty Sark, and restore it to its former glory.
The 19th century ship was formerly one of the star attractions at Glasgow's Scottish Maritime Museum before money ran out to keep it and staff were been forced to consider its demolition.
The 24 Hour Museum covered the story earlier this year, when it was announced that many millions of pounds would be needed to save the ship, once called the City of Adelaide, built in Sunderland in 1864.
Travel company boss Mike Edwards has now donated funds to the Maritime Museum in Glasgow to pay for the start of restoration as well as a shelter for the ship and research to explore how best to save her.
Photo: the Cutty Sark in London is another clipper in desperate need of restoration funds. © Cutty Sark Trust.
Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times he said, "I am delighted to have been given two years to consider the various options which may exist to save the Carrick from the threat of demolition. Meanwhile, we can try to ensure there is no further deterioration."
According to Lord Maclay, chairman of the Scottish Maritime Museum trustees, museum staff can now begin to feel optimistic about chances to save the historic clipper, still holder of the record for the fastest passage to Australia by a sailing ship.
If the rescue plans succeed, the next headache would be where the ship will be berthed; ironically, in spite of the official reluctance to pledge funds to keep Carrick afloat, many bids have been made public by agencies in the UK and Australia wanting to use the vessel as an attraction.