Peking is Homeward Bound

When the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree returns to South Street Seaport Museum in September after an $ 11 million restoration,

she will occupy the berth that has been home to the fo ur-masted barque Peking for the last 41 years.

Peking will trade places with Wavertree in Staten Island, where the massive square-rigger will undergo preparations for a transAd antic voyage,

presumably her last, onboard a heavy-lift ship back to H amburg, Germany, where she was originally built.

Peking is Homeward Bound There, she will be restored to begin a new life as the centerpiece of a new maritime museum being built by the German government.

After the Manhattan-based maritime museum determined it could not afford to maintain two massive tall ships,

A conversation was initiated with the German government about its interest in raking possession of the ship.

Although she has become a New York icon because of how long she has been berthed at South Street, Peking had no connection during her working life with New York.

But she had a long career at sea and is emblematic of the great shipbuilding tradition in H amburg, and in time the Germans agreed to rake her.

Last November, the German government allocated 30 million euros , approximately $3.3 million, to bring Peking home and resrore her as a dockside attraction.

Peking is Homeward Bound The planned German Port M useum project is budgeted at 120 million euros ($13 million).

Captain Jonathan Boulware, executive director of South Street Seaport Museum, is working with the German government as it develops its plans for Peking.

As of press time, Boulware said the shipyard that will prepare the ship for the transAdantic voyage has not been selected yet.

But it’s likely to be Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co., where the Wavertree restoration has been underway, and where Peking has been drydocked and repaired in the past.

Captain Jonathan Boulware, executive director of South Street Seaport Museum, is working with the German government as it develops its plans for Peking.

As of press time, Boulware said the shipyard that will prepare the ship for the transAdantic voyage has not been selected yet.

But it’s likely to be Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co., where the Wavertree restoration has been underway, and where Peking has been drydocked and repaired in the past.

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