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Tall Ship - James Craig

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Maritime Survey Australia (MSA) recently completed an out-of-water inspection for a renewal survey for the Sydney Maritime Museum’s Tall Ship the James Craig.

With her riveted iron hull, sail rigging, fittings and layout, the James Craig is truly unique. Many of her structural fittings are original, and the remainder has been restored to an “as built” fit-out standard. This charming vessel is meticulously cared for and maintained by a mostly volunteer army, ensuring she will be around for many years to come.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland, England and renamed the James Craig later in her life, she transported cargo across the globe, with her first trip to Peru and finishing her career sailing regularly between Australia and New Zealand. In the 1930’s she was sunk off Hobart, refloated and towed to Sydney in 1972 - finally sailing once again in 1997.

Not merely a museum piece, the 70-meter length-overall barque is in regular use for day and overnight trips, and also undertakes extended voyages to destinations such as Hobart, Tasmania a few times per year. Don’t think you’re missing out on all the fun though, for the Heritage Fleet forever welcomes new volunteers for crew or simply helping hands with all sorts of skill sets and from a variety of interest backgrounds.

MSA is proud to assist the Heritage Fleet with the commercial vessel surveys. Between the mix of heritage vessels and the army’s in-depth knowledge and experience, it is a fantastic opportunity for our surveyors too.

Do you have a vessel that is due for its survey in accordance with its survey certificates?

Contact Maritime Survey Australia today to discuss your project requirements.

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Our Marine Surveyors are accredited with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), members of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and members of the certifying authority of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS). We believe we have the most competitive ´rates offering the best value to commercial vessel operators. The benefits of using Maritime Survey Australia ensure that the vessel operator has to engage with only one company.

Unlike many of our competitors, our Surveyors are experienced Marine Engineers, Masters and Naval Architects accredited for ALL categories including periodic electrical and communication, meaning you do not need to engage with a third party to complete the survey. The survey is carried out accurately interpreting standards and guidelines, and applying rules and/or regulatory requirements.

The owner will be informed of any deficiencies discovered during the survey of a vessel that requires repair, replacement or action and will be recorded on a survey activity report, a copy of which will be given the owner or owner's representative at the time of the survey.