Historic tall ship sails into Port Kembla

The James Craig sailed into Port Kembla on Friday attracted interested crowds. PHOTOS:: Warren & Diana Ackary.

THE 140-year-old tall ship James Craig made a visit to Port Kembla Harbour on Friday afternoon and The Bulli Times’ photographers Warren and Diana Ackary were there to capture the majestic sight.

Alice Scott and Helen Wemyss soak up the history board the tall ship James Craig on Friday.

With three lofty wooden masts, 21 canvas sails and polished timber fittings, the James Craig is normally berthed in Sydney Harbour. She made the rare journey down the coast past Bulli for Saturday’s Port Kembla Maritime Community Day.

Forty passengers enjoyed the voyage down the spectacular northern Illawarra coastline before pulling into Port Kembla about 4.30pm.

Large crowds flocked to Port Kembla on Friday to take a look at the tall ship James Craig.

The ship’s captain John Dikkenberg, formerly from the Illawarra, has been part of the volunteer James Craig crew for seven years.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


One thought on “Historic tall ship sails into Port Kembla

  1. It was a lovely day for the both of us as well as the many visitors. I personally was thrilled to see the SES, NSWFB, The Army as well as many other stations there (free sausage sizzle also). From my observations a great day was had by all the people we saw either onboard or walking around the various tents as there was alot to see & do!


    Posted by Warren Ackary | October 22, 2012, 1:33 am

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