The City of Adelaide had several masters in its lifetime at sea, but much of the captaincy of the clipper was a family affair. The original master and two of his sons captained the City of Adelaide during its busiest trading years on the South Australian run.
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The Masters on the South Australian run:
- David Bruce - 1864 to 1867
- John Bruce - 1867 to 1873
- Llewellyn Bowen - 1873 to 1875
- Alexander Bruce - 1875 to 1876
- Edward Alston - 1876 to 1887
After being sold in 1887, the City of Adelaide went to work briefly as a collier and then spent several years in the timber trade between Canada and Britain. The following are the Masters during that period:
- Patrick Crengle - 1888
- John McMurtry - 1888 to 1891
- John Brown - 1891 to 1893
- Alexander Percy - 1893
- Alexander Young - 1893 (command of the vessel when under tow)
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