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The Rebuild Independence Group (RIG) is charged with building a replica of the 45ft Schooner “Independence”. Built in 1803 by Captain Isaac Pendleton and his crew of the American Brig “Union”, from Stonington, USA, she was the first vessel built in South Australia.  (The accepted definition of “vessel” is a craft larger than a normal rowing boat.)

The project will:
  • Promote the distinctive seafaring history and cultural heritage of American River.
  • Construct a useful legacy to the pioneering spirit of the men who built the Independence and founded the site of the present township.
  • Establish a lasting relationship with the ancestors of the sealers and this community.
  • Provide an opportunity for the community as a whole to be involved in the practical application of a working project of great historical significance to Kangaroo Island and South Australia
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