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Old 22nd March 2012, 10:30
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Good news for all Ex Arethusa Boys. If anybody has not received their copy of the AOAB Letter?.
It appears that she will be coming Home, I don't mean to Upnor (I wish) but to Her place of Birth at Hamburg (Museum) this a going to happen sometime in May 2012. She will be coming across the Atlantic by Piggy-Back.
I say a big thank you to the Hamburg Maritime Museum for giving Her a new lease of life. I feel sure a great deal of money will be needed to get up scratch, so good luck to the H.M.M. Evidently She will be Their Centre piece at the museum. Mind you in someways She was the Centre Piece of My Life and no doubt many others too.
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Just seen this post. This is good news if it does happen; I was not an 'Arethusa boy' but as a sea scout spent many happy Easter weekends on her during the 1960's before I joined the MN.

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Old 16th August 2012, 10:05
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Hello Richard,
I have no idea as to whether or not this move has actually happened yet?. If She has been taken to Hamburg I would have thought by now someone on his site might have been able to confirm this.
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Old 16th August 2012, 13:43
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Hi Tony

Have been researching the internet to see if any of the big towage companies have an ongoing project like Smits, Dockwise but nothing going. But on Wikepdia (updated May 2012) found the following paragraph:

"The Peking was retired in 1975 and sold to Jack Aron, for the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, where she is still moored. In need of extensive repairs, the ship will return to Hamburg as a gift from the city of New York, though no official date has been set. It will be transported aboard another vessel to the Maritime Museum there."

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Hi Tony

Have just seen this article which looks if the move might not take place

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2012/10/1...nt-in-hamburg/

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Old 21st January 2016, 23:28
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In German and English:

27.12.15

The latest dated info on the PEKING. There is more from other publications, however undated and less informative.

Hamburger Abendblatt (Newspaper)
27 / 12 / 2015

Hafencity/New York
Hamburger Windjammer "Peking" kommt nach Hause
Von Bettina Mittelacher

Spektakulärer Plan: Das Schwesterschiff der "Passat" wird 2016 von New York nach Hamburg überführt. Restaurierung kostet Millionen.
Hafencity/New York. Ein legendärer Hamburger Windjammer nimmt wieder Kurs auf die Hansestadt: Der historische Viermaster "Peking" wird im kommenden Jahr seine Reise von New York aus antreten, wo das mehr als 100 Jahre alte Schiff am Pier eines Schifffahrtsmuseums liegt. Mit der Rückführung der "Peking" in die Elbmetropole werde "ein Traum wahr, dass wir ein Schiff aus der Gattung jener Schiffe herbekommen, die ma߬geblich zum Aufstieg des Hamburger Hafens zum Welthafen beigetragen haben", freut sich Reinhard Wolf, Vorsitzender des Vereins Freunde der Viermastbark Peking.
Die bevorstehende Reise des Windjammers aus dem Jahr 1911 ist zugleich Zwischenstation und Ziel eines spektakulären Plans, der immer wieder Höhen und Tiefen erlebt hat. Seit Langem gab es Bestrebungen, die "Peking" zurück nach Hamburg zu holen, doch Rückführung und Restaurierung sind kostspielig. Dank finanzieller Unterstützung der Bundesregierung, die laut Wolf insgesamt 26 Millionen Euro zugesagt hat, ist dieses Problem nun aus der Welt geschafft – und die Vorbereitungen für die Überführung können jetzt beginnen.
Dabei wird die Viermastbark mit einer Rumpflänge von 106 Metern wegen ihres schon ziemlich maroden Zustands insbesondere unterhalb der Wasserlinie die Reise nicht etwa aus eigener Kraft antreten, sondern in einem Dockschiff, also in einem Frachter, in dem sie wie in einem Trockendock stehen soll. "Dafür wird im ersten Quartal des Jahres 2016 eine Dockschiffreederei ausgewählt", sagt Wolf. Es gebe überhaupt nur sehr wenige Reedereien, die dafür infrage kommen. Zudem müsse noch ein Gutachten darüber erstellt werden, welche Ma߬nahmen vor dem Transport zur Stabilisierung des Windjammer-Rumpfes erforderlich sind. Denkbar sei, dass an der schon recht dünnen Außenhaut des Schiffes zusätzliche Verstärkungen angeschweißt werden müssen.


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12/27/15

HafenCity / New York
Hamburger Windjammer "Peking" returns home
By Bettina Mittelacher

Spectacular plan: The sister ship of the "Passat" will be transferred from New York to Hamburg in 2016. Restoration costs millions.

HafenCity / New York. A legendary Hamburg windjammer will set her course back to the Hanseatic City: In the coming year the historic four-masted "Peking" will start her journey from New York, where the more than100-year-old ship is moored at the pier of a Maritime Museum. With the return of the "Peking" to the Elbe metropolis will be "a dream come true that we get back a ship of the category of those ships which have contributed in a substantial way to rise the Port of Hamburg to a significant international port," says Reinhard Wolf, chairman of the Association of Friends of the four-masted Barque Peking.

The upcoming trip of the windjammer of the year 1911 is both a stopover and destination of a spectacular plan, which has repeatedly experienced ups and downs. For a long time there have been efforts, to return the "Peking" back to Hamburg, but repatriation and restoration are expensive. Thanks to financial support from the federal government, which has pledged a total of EUR 26 million, according to Wolf, this issue is now solved - and the preparations for the transfer can begin now.

Because of her already rather ramshackle condition, particularly below waterline, the four-masted barque of a hull length of 106 meters, will not doing the journey under her own power for instance. Instead it will be in a dock ship, a so called frighter where she will be carried like in a floating dry dock. "For that a dock-shipping company will be selected in the first quarter of 2016," says Wolf. There are very few companies only, to chose from. Before doing it an expert opinion is needed to evaluate for what measures are necessary prior transport to stabilize the windjammer’s hull. It is conceivable that at the quite thin hull plates of the vessel additional reinforcements must be welded.

Traumhafter Blick von der Elbphilharmonie aus

Im zweiten Quartal des kommenden Jahres solle dann der eigentliche Transport stattfinden, zu einer Werft, die dann die Restaurierung der "Peking" vornehmen soll. "An der Auswahl der Werft wird intensiv gearbeitet", sagt Wolf. Die eigentliche Reise im Dockschiff über den Altantik werde voraussichtlich zehn Tage dauern, die Restaurierung dann aber noch einmal anderthalb bis zwei Jahre in Anspruch nehmen. 2018 soll der Windjammer dann endgültig in Hamburg festmachen, seinen Liegeplatz soll er an den historischen 50er Schuppen erhalten, wo es bereits ein Hafenmuseum gibt – und damit vis-à-vis des Kleinen Grasbrook. "Das wäre dann schräg gegenüber der Elbphilharmonie", und von dort aus hätten die Besucher des Konzerthauses einen traumhaften Blick auf die "Peking", sagt Reinhard Wolf .

Die "Peking" – Schwesterschiff der "Passat", die in Travemünde liegt, repräsentiert eine besondere Epoche Hamburgs. Sie gehörte zu den berühmten Flying-P-Linern der Reederei F. Laei¬sz. Am 25. Februar 1911 war sie bei Blohm & Voss vom Stapel gelaufen. Sie transportierte seinerzeit Massengüter zwischen Europa und Chile und musste dabei auch um Kap Hoorn segeln. Später kam sie nach New York, wo sie seitdem am Pier des South Street Seaport Museums liegt. Dort gibt es aber keinen Platz mehr für die "Peking". Am 12. November dieses Jahres beschloss schließlich der Haushaltsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags, das Schiff nach Hamburg zu holen.


Stunning views out from the Elbe Philharmonic Hall

In the second quarter of the coming year (2016), should take place the actual transport to a shipyard, which then will make the restoration of the "Peking". "Working on the selection of the shipyard is intensively," says Wolf. The actual journey across the Atlantic Ocean in the dock ship is expected to last about ten days but then the restoration will take another one and a half to two years to complete. In 2018 the windjammer finally will be moored in Hamburg, its berth should be at the historic No. 50 shed where there already is a Port Museum - and therewith vis-à-vis the Kleiner Grasbrook. "That would be diagonally opposite the Elbphilharmonie", and from there visitors of the concert hall could enjoy a stunning view on the "Peking", says Reinhard Wolf.

The "Peking" - sister ship to the "Passat", which is located in Travemuende, both represent a particular epoch of Hamburg. They belonged to the famous Flying P Liners of Reederei F. Laeisz. On 25 February 1911, she was launched from the stocks at Blohm & Voss shipyard. She at that time transported bulk cargoes between Europe and Chile and had to sail around Cape Horn. Later, she came to New York, where she has since been moored at the South Street Seaport Museum pier. But there is no room for the "Peking" anymore. On November 12 this year the budget committee of the German Federal Parliament finally decided to bring the ship to Hamburg.

Will see how and when it really will happen.

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Werner

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Congratulations to the city of Hamburg for having the vision to save not only this ship but for having the wherewithal to commit the funds to what will no doubt be a world class maritime museum.
I was beginning to wonder if PEKING might be lost to the breakers due to her material condition; such an outcome would be tragic considering her age and history.
If only the authorities in the UK were as enlightened.
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It was beginning to look like that Jim.
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Cool TS ARETHUSA [PEKING] return to Hamburg

As a former "Are" boy [1961-1962] I'm filled with nothing but happy memories, it's great news indeed.
Well done the The Hamburg Maritime Museum they've seen the value that this vessel will bring to it and the seafaring people of Germany.
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Hi jeff, do you know I have spoken to quite a few Ex Are Boys and only the odd one or two said they hated it. The majority, which includes me have great memories.
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Excellent news - thanks for the article Werner.

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