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The tall ship
Barque James Craig, 1874
On permanent display| Wharf 7 | Ticket prices
On a glorious summer day in February 2001, the majestic tall ship James Craig, hoisted all her 21 sails for the first time in nearly 80 years and sailed through Sydney Heads. No doubt there were tears shed that day as some of the many passionate volunteers who brought her back to life now watched her sail again.
The story of James Craig's rebirth, the result of an award-winning 30-year restoration, is even more extraordinary than her life before.
There are only four 19th century barques left in the world capable of sailing. James Craig is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere and the only one which regularly carries the general public to sea.
Replica or restored?
James Craig is a true restoration, not a replica. She represents the great sailing vessels which moved produce from the emerging colonies and brought manufactured goods to our shores. Rescued as a rusting wreck from Tasmania's Recherche Bay, James Craig is hailed as a model of sensitive, authentic conservation, a recognised symbol of heritage preservation.
In 2003 she was awarded the World Ship Trusts Maritime Heritage Award for authentic restoration. In this honour, she joins a select band of restored ships throughout the world, including the Vasa (Sweden 1627), USS Constitution (USA 1797) and Cutty Sark (UK 1869).
James Craig is owned by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, a community-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of Australia's maritime heritage.
You can tour the ship with various ANMM ticket packages.