We list NON TSASA Events which are sent on to our members from Yachting SA and other clubs. Many of our members like to see these and indeed many participate, but the TSASA bears no responsibility for these events. The clubs which organise these events have complete responsibility for them.
Spencer Gulf Cruise in March2019 will be run by Graham Hill 0402154428 of Port Pirie
First vessel to be constructed in SA waters. Schooner Independence.
Rebuild “Independence” – American River KI
An ambitious plan is being pursued by maritime enthusiasts on Kangaroo Island, to build a replica of what they believe was the first ship built in South Australia. A chance meeting between Nicholas Baudin and some American Whalers in King George Sound (WA) informed the Americans that there were plenty of seals and whales to be caught at the newly named “Kangaroo Island” where Flinders had recently stayed and enjoyed an abundance of food. The 25 year old captain of the 99 ton Brig “Union” Isaac Pendleton headed east and wintered in a sheltered lagoon on KI during 1803 and it was here that they constructed the 35 ton schooner Independence using a mix of American and local timber. She was launched into the waters of Pelican Lagoon, close to a spot which we now know as “American River”. There she was used as a support vessel and as a trader of seal oil and skins until sailing fully laden to Sydney in June 1804. Later that year the Independence sailed south from Sydney 500 miles to the sealing grounds of the Antipodes Islands. (S-E of NZ) where she delivered sealers. She returned later to Sydney to gather stores to resupply the sealers and again set sail for the Antipodes. She was never heard from again, the sealers being rescued in 1806 together with their 60000 skins.
The TSA members at the May meeting were pleased to hear of the work of this group of enthusiasts who 211 years later plan to build a working replica of the Independence, to celebrate the lives of the men who built and sailed her and also to generate interest and income for the town which like many small SA country towns is struggling to keep viable.
Check out their website – www.theindependence.org to become a member/supporter/donor or to find out more and see what they have already achieved. Many members at the meeting paid $20 to buy a plank as a way of supporting this cause. Our speakers Greg Roberts, Tony Klieve and Kevin Matthews from American River provided an informative and entertaining talk and were rewarded with a small bottle of seal oil as a token of our thanks.
This is a wonderful event and there are usually quite a number of TSASA members entering into the race and festivities.