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We are a community-based, non-profit organisation building a replica of the Schooner Independence, the first ever vessel built in South Australia. Be a part of this exciting project that is re-making maritime history that involves 4 nations: the USA, UK, France and Australia.

Please visit our crowdfunding campaign to make a donation or click on the DONATE NOW button. There are also great nautical gifts available for purchase.

The photos shows the American River maritime precinct, the start of our very own little "Mystic Seaport" on Kangaroo Island, South Australia*. The Independence Boathouse, the round-roofed building, will become a maritime museum upon completion.

* Don't laugh! Mystic Seaport, now the leading maritime museum in the USA, started in 1941 with the purchase of the historic boat, the Charles W. Morgan, that country’s last wooden whale ship. We would purchase the Schooner Independence if we could, but since she was lost at sea in 1805, we're rebuilding her instead. You can read more about the history of Schooner Independence hereAs for Connecticut, American River has a rich maritime history, spanning over two centuries. The American River wharf was once regularly frequented by (now) historical boats, including the Nelcebee and the Faile