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« on: July 30, 2017, 06:01:24 pm »

Flying-P-Liner PEKING after 85 years finally returned home to Germany.

The 1911-built ship arrived this afternoon from New York at Brunsbüttel Elbe harbour after 11 days aboard COMBI DOCK III.

On Wednesday she will be towed up the Elbe to Peters shipyard at Wewelsfleth. Peters will restore her to her old self. Restoration is said to take about three years (according to local TV news today).

Once finished PEKING will then become a musuem ship at Hamburg where she was built by Blohm & Voss.

More about Peking
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_(ship)
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 06:59:55 pm »

Screenshot from the Cuxhaven-Webcam, I hope it's not copyright violation?
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 08:12:40 pm »

Thanks for that, Jürgen. On the TV they said there were many shipspotters waiting at Brunsbüttel.
No photos here yet...

Or are they all waiting for Wednesday when she'll be towed to Wewelsfleth? Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 11:00:25 pm »

While I am very pleased that the old PEKING has returned to her native Germany, I am still a bit sore that she was removed from my "back yard" at Upnor, on the River Medway, to New York, USA, a place with which, as far I know, she had no connection with in her working life.
From 1946 until 1975 she was a local landmark as the training ship ARETHUSA.
The history of the PEKING/ARETHUSA reinforces my disappointment with the powers-that-be in the UK in that they have abjectly failed to celebrate our so-called great maritime heritage with the preservationn of any really-significant British large merchant ship design such as a Fort, Park, Liberty Blue-Flue/Glen or SD14, not to mention any of the great pasesnger liners that have emerged from British shipyards
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 12:22:33 pm »

No need to be sore, Bob.  If she had stayed at Upnor she would have long gone by now.  Look what a hash the locals made of the comparatively easy MEDWAY QUEEN.  It was fortuitous that South Street Seaport wanted a ship at the time they did, and kept her alive until the time was ripe for her to return to her true home.

It's little to do with "powers-that-be" - most merchant ship preservations anywhere have been private ventures or trusts, with government support only through charitable tax breaks (though perhaps a more supportive stance from port authorities and the like in some places).  As it happens though, Germany is an exception to this with more generous direct intervention.  And in the UK there is, for obvious reasons, a much more generous support for the naval side of our maritime heritage.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 11:41:15 pm »

Indeed, the German government allowed € 120 Mio. for a harbour museum at Hamburg, € 26 Mio. alone will be spent on Peking's transport back to Germany and for restoration. Peking will be the landmark of this museum. No doubt that without the government's money she would already be scrapped by now...

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2017, 09:35:45 am »

Good to see her returning home. Must say that over the years Germany has collected an impressive collection of museum ships!
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