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Her departure, a day later than first anticipated, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Hermine, barque Peking was eased away from her home at the South Street Seaport for the past 40 years and gently towed to Staten Island to prepare for her long journey across the Atlantic in the Spring.

As many of you already know, Peking is headed back to Hamburg, Germany, where she was built over 100 years ago. The German government has allocated 120 million euros to restore the vessel, where she will become the star attraction of the city’s new harbor museum.

Rick Spilman of Old Salt Blog was dockside at the South Street Seaport yesterday morning, together with a crowd of well-wishers, to bid Peking a fond farewell. (video by Rick Spilman)



This morning, the 1911 built, steel, four masted barque, Peking, left South Street Seaport, its home for more than 40 years, for the last time. For those of us who have known the ship for almost as long, it was both a sad and joyous day. The South Street Seaport Museum lacked the resources and even the berth space to support the Peking. The museum worked very hard to find a good home for the historic ship and they succeeded. Read more from Old Salt Blog here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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Don’t miss the last Hidden Harbor Tour of Port Newark in 2016!

The Working Harbor Committee Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark
Wednesday, 24 August, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm


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You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the 3rd largest port in the nation, where giant container ships dock and unload their goods, huge cranes moving shipping containers and tug and barge transports of fuel oil and chemicals to distribution hubs.

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Our vessel will pass beneath the Bayonne Bridge where a massive infrastructure feat is in progress, giving you a unique and close up view of the roadway raising project.

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Our expert narrators will wow you with tales of how the working harbor really works, and what all those ships and tugs do.

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Learn about how floating dry docks work, the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, oil docks and more! Plus, you’ll be able to get an epic sunset selfie with Lady Liberty.

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Wednesday, 24 August from 6pm to 8pm. Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6 p.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. There is a snack bar on board.

See you on board!


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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