The return of Wavertree to the South Street Seaport Museum’s Street of Ships is ahead of schedule, as reported in the New York Times. The 131-year old ship has been undergoing a $13 million restoration since last May, at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair on the KVK in Staten Island.
As we celebrate the return of the restored, square-rigged, 3-masted ship to lower Manhattan, we will have to bid a sad farewell to another beloved vessel, the tall ship Peking who has graced the South Street Seaport since the mid-70’s. Germany will soon transport Peking back to Hamburg where she will become the centerpiece of Hamburg’s new waterfront museum.
The National Maritime Historical Society:
“With the return of Wavertree in the middle of 2016, there will again be a huge square-rigged sailing ship at South Street in outstanding condition. Peking will return to Hamburg, the city of her birth, and there be cared for in much the same way. This is good for the Seaport Museum and it’s good for Peking.” – Capt. Jonathan Boulware, executive director of the South Street Seaport Museum
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee