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Lack of water ends ship protest

Peter Maddison protesting on the ship
Peter Maddison wants the ship to be restored

A campaigner who occupied the world's oldest surviving clipper in protest at its demolition has ended his action after running out of water supplies.

Peter Maddison, a councillor from Sunderland, where the ship known as the City of Adelaide was built, occupied the 19th Century vessel for four days.

The Scottish Maritime Museum has said it intends to demolish the ship because it cannot afford restoration work.

Mr Maddison said he hoped his protest may help lift the threat.

He said his campaign would continue.

Home port

The City of Adelaide, later renamed The Carrick, was built in 1864 and is five years older than Cutty Sark.

The ship has been rotting away on the quayside in Irvine since 1992.

Mr Maddison, chairman of the Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Foundation (Scarf), said he hoped the vessel could be taken back to its home port.

Scarf aims to raise funds to transport the ship back to Sunderland, where it is estimated £20m would be needed for a full restoration.

The vessel was built to carry people emigrating to southern Australia.

It has also been used as an isolation hospital in Southampton, a navy training ship and clubhouse for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in Glasgow.

It was rescued after sinking in the Clyde and was also damaged by fire in 2007.

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