Rebuild Independence Project

Galleries, Museums and Collections

The Rebuild Independence Project is a volunteer group that is re-creating the first vessel ever built in South Australia – the 45ft United States Schooner “Independence.” The original Schooner was built on the banks of an inlet, where now stands the town of American River. She was built by American sealers from Stonington in Connecticut, USA, in 1803, who sailed here in their Brig “Union”.

The vessel is being built in the RIG Boathouse, which is at the entrance to the American River Wharf. Visit us and learn about the “Union” and “Independence”. Discover their association with the great explorers Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders.

The vessel is being built entirely by voluntary labour and we estimate that we will need another three to five years to complete. Once finished visitors will be able to climb aboard and go for a short sail around the beautiful Eastern Cove and learn how these old sailing vessels were handled.

Looking for refreshments? The adjoining licensed water front Deck Cafe, with ample parking, looks out over the anchorage. While away the time over a delicious lunch or coffee and watch the many birds, and maybe our resident seal or dolphin.


Carpark Coach Parking Family Friendly Interpretive Centre Non Smoking

Disabled Assistance

Wheelchair access


Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation


Free Entry

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