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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

 

Photo by Jim Henderson (CC 1.0)

 

We all know the much-loved Wavertree has been undergoing a massive restoration at Caddell’s Dry Dock and Repair for the past year or so. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we now hear that Wavertree is being restored to sailing condition!

 

Newsday: “It started out as a stabilization but we turned this into something much larger,” [said Capt. Jonathan Boulware]. “We have taken the ship completely apart — rigging down, masts out, the poop deck off. We’ve replaced the main deck, the ’tween deck, reballasted the ship. There’s nothing in the ship that will not have been touched.

“She will sail again” in New York Harbor, Boulware said, although it will be at least several years.”

Wavertree and Peking, together. Photo by Bjoertvedt (CC 3.0)

 

Wavertree is anticipated to return to South Street Seaport in late September of this year. Somewhat bittersweet, as her return will mean saying goodbye to Peking – which will leave New York harbor for good.

Read more from Newsday here…

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

 

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