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tall ship PEKING at the New York City South Street Seaport Pier 17 in 2008

The PEKING is one of the four surviving legendary Flying P-Liners from the Hamburg shipping company F. Laeisz. Built in 1911 at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, the ship has remained almost unchanged to this day, without a motor and without auxiliary equipment. Until 1932 the PEKING was used as a cargo ship to transport saltpeter from Chile and circled Cape Horn 34 times. From 1932 to 1975 she was under the name ARETHUSA as a stationary training ship in England, then until 2017 as a museum ship, again as PEKING, in New York City.

 

On October 31, 1974, the four-masted barque was auctioned off to the J. Aron Charitable Foundation. From July 5 to 22, 1975, the hull of the Peking was towed by the Dutch sea tug Utrecht from Blackwall, London, to New York City. There it was re-rigged true to the original. With the inscription "Peking" and home port "Hamburg" it was on the pier of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.

 

In October 2012 it became known that there was no more space in the New York City harbor for the now completely ailing PEKING. The museum agreed to give the ship away, but a floating transfer of the PEKING to another port was not possible without extensive repairs.

 

On November 12, 2015, the budget committee of the German Parliament decided to have the PEKING fetched back and restored for the Hamburg Harbor Museum, which is currently under construction. The German Parliament provided 26 million Euros for this.

 

The PEKING was bought for 100 dollars. According to other sources, two Hamburg members of the German Parliament's budget committee succeeded in obtaining the allocation of 120 million Euros for the Hanseatic city's cultural budget in 2015.

 

Of this, 20 million Euros were calculated for the redevelopment of the PEKING.

The Hamburg Maritime Foundation became the owner of the ship for political reasons.

In May 2016 she received the order for the retrieval and professional restoration.

 

As a result, the PEKING was prepared for the transfer in September 2016 at the Caddell shipyard on Staten Island. The transport across the Atlantic with the dock ship Combi Dock III began on July 19, 2017. The Combi Dock III with the PEKING arrived in Brunsbüttel, Germany, on July 30, 2017, and the PEKING was transferred to the Peters shipyard at Wewelsfleet on August 2, 2017.

 

Here the ship was refurbished - with interruptions - and handed over to the Hamburg Historical Museums Foundation in May 2020.

 

The PEKING was towed to Hamburg harbor on September 7, 2020.

 

The future berth will probably be on Kleiner Grasbrook in Hamburg where the German Harbor Museum is currently under construction - probably opening in 2023.

 

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Taken on November 17, 2008