Peking. She has graced the skyline of the South Street Seaport for more than a generation. There was some talk a few years ago about the historic ship returning to her home port of Hamburg – but as time passed, there seemed to be no movement in that direction, to the relief of many who love the old girl.

Well, now there are renewed whispers about Peking and her departure from the New York waterfront.

Peking. Photo by Justass via Wikipedia

 

Downtown Express reports: The majestic Peking, perhaps the museum’s most recognizable vessel, appears likely to go away in an effort to put the museum on sound financial footing.

Will Peking return to her home port of Hamburg? Photo by Tomás Fano via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

Boulware called the museum’s other big ship, the Wavertree, “our prize crown jewel queen of the fleet” at a Community Board 1 meeting last month, where he also said  “Seeing more than one big square rigger is essential… It is not going to be I can tell you square riggers that are all owned by the Seaport Museum. We simply cannot sustain that much tonnage….

Wavertree. Photo by Andy C via Wikipedia

 

“We have a very urgent need to have a smaller fleet of ships, there are aspects of that will not be popular, but the fact is there are some hard decisions ahead.”

Peking was bought by the South Street Seaport Museum in the mid-1970’s. Photo by Bjoertvedt via Wikipedia

 

Boulware did not confirm any plan to try and move the Peking during a telephone interview Wednesday, but he said the key is reducing the museum’s fleet to a level that is “sustainable and maintainable within any sort of reasonable budget.”

Read more from Downtown Express here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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