News item from Newcastle Herald 21st May.William the Fourth to move on
BY BEN SMEE
21 May, 2011 04:00 AM
WORK to refloat replica steamship William the Fourth will begin again next month, as volunteers prepare to move the vessel to a new harbourside shipyard.
William the Fourth Inc secretary Bob Cook said he hoped the ship, built for the 1988 Bicentenary, would be back in the water by the end of the year.
The group expects to complete fund-raising needed for the restoration in June, thanks to some "high-profile" backers.
"When that money flows in, then we can at last complete the work," Mr Cook said.
The ship is also about to be moved from Carrington to a new location nearby, provided by the Newcastle Port Corporation.
Forgacs, which has housed the ship since 2008 at the floating dock site, require the space.
The new site at Carrington will be by the water, which will assist in the final stages of the work, and will better allow for volunteers to access the ship.
"It's a good outcome for us in being able to do the work we want to be able to do, and a good place for the ship," Mr Cook said.
The ship will be moved early on the morning of June 5.
Mr Cook thanked Structural Cranes, Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift and Shift, Paul Harrison Transport, GP Marine and Ausgrid for donating time and effort to help move the ship. http://static.lifeislocal.com.au/multimedia/images/full/1249812.jpg
Currently located here: http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-32.919061,151.763082&z=19&t=k&nmd=20110211
To move to here: http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-32.921943,151.766837&z=19&t=k&nmd=20110211
To be moved 0700hrs Sunday 5th June for those keen to see the move.