Farewell Peking. Photo by Gryffindor (CC 3.0)

 

Grab your camera and head down to South Street Seaport this weekend for your last chance to stroll upon Peking‘s decks. The iconic barque that has graced our waterfront for more than 40 years will be shipping out early in September to her birthplace, Hamburg, Germany.

She will winter at Caddell’s on the Kill Van Kull to prepare for her journey across the Atlantic on a heavy-lift ship in the Spring.

Photo by Vincent Desjardins (CC 2.0)

 

The German government has pledged $30 million euros to restore Peking to glory, at her new home berth at the maritime museum of Hamburg. Although it will be sad to see her go, I am pleased that she will have a good home in Germany.

Peking and Ambrose on the Street of Ships. Photo by Joe Mabel (CC 2.0)

 

Free Friday’s at the South Street Seaport Museum kicks off the final weekend of public access to Peking with participatory sail-raising aboard the barque, printing demonstrations at Bowne Printers with Peking themed take-aways, and a special screening of Around Cape Horn with thanks to Mystic Seaport Museum. Click here to register for the screening.

Read a Special Message from Captain Jonathan Boulware, Seaport Museum Executive Director here.

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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