...back from three years of sailing (European Atlantic coast and Maditerranean), four years of work (and a very long time without any posts on the the CRUISER LOG,) I finally have a lot of time to spend on AQUARIA
here on the river Elbe ...and some very interesting ships are passing by the Marina!
One of the most interesting ones that finally returned to Hamburg after 88 years was the "Flying P-Liner" PEKING
, that arrived here on Monday, September 7th.
This four-masted barque was built in 1911 here in Hamburg and sailed several times around Cape Horn until the outbreak of World-War-II when it was interned in Valparaiso/Chile.
The original owners, the Laeisz brothers bought her back in 1923 and she carried on in the nitrate-trade between Chile and Germany, until the Panama Canal opened.
Then she was sold and went to the UK, serving there under the name ARETHUSA II
as a children's home and a training school and during WW II in the Royal Navy as HMS PEKIN
In 1974 she was bought by the J.Aron Charitable Foundation for the the South Street Seaport Museum in New York. Then in 2015 the german „Maritime Foundation“ (Stiftung Maritim) bought the PEKING
for 100 USD and transferred her back to Germany in July 2017 as „cargo“ on a dock-ship. On the Peters-Shipyard at Wewelsfleth (River Stör) she has been rebuilt for about 38million EUR and will now be transferred to the German Port Museum where she will be open to the public starting summer 2021.
(more info on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_(ship
) , hompage (German language) Stiftung Hamburg Maritim | PEKING - Viermastbark
And on this day in September the PEKING
returned to Hamburg, attracting many visitors (and me having the chance of sitting in first row on the banks of the river) and quite a number of other hisoric ships participating in this Coming Home event...
being towed up the river Elbe, just passing Lühesand.
Compared to the outbound Cap San Nicolas (333meters of lengs) the PEKING
, that in her times has been one of the tallest ships on the oceans (115meters), appears rather tiny!
The Peking in tow, accompanied bei the 1928-built Offshore fishing boat PRÄSIDENT FREIHERR VON MALTZAHN
(28 meters of length)
...and if you want to see more of what we have seen, just move on to the next post!