South Street Seaport Museum
Announces 1911 Barque
Peking to Return to Home Port
The South Street Seaport Museum is pleased to announce that the 1911 barque Peking will return to her homeport, the City of Hamburg, Germany thanks to a German governmental allocation of funding to support Hamburg’s new waterfront museum with Peking as the centerpiece.
“After nearly ten years of effort to find her a new home, we’re thrilled that the mighty barque Peking will go to a responsible and appropriate home. As we develop plans for a revitalized Seaport Museum, including the total restoration of our 1885 ship Wavertree, we are pleased that Peking will be preserved in her home port.” said Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Seaport Museum.
“South Street Seaport Museum has long worked to maintain a fleet of well-maintained, relevant historic ships at her East River piers. The idea of recreating the “Street of Ships” is an important one, but what is clear is that two huge sailing ships are a crushing burden of maintenance. Our 1885 ship Wavertree, currently the subject of a $13 million city-funded restoration project, is the right ship for the Seaport Museum and for New York. Wavertree called at New York. She is the type of ship that built New York. Peking has a similar relationship to Hamburg. With the return of Wavertree in the middle of 2016, there will again be a huge square-rigged sailing ship at South Street in outstanding condition. Peking will return to Hamburg, the city of her birth, and there be cared for in much the same way. This is good for the Seaport Museum and it’s good for Peking.”
Built in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, the mighty four-masted barque Peking is one of the famous “Flying P Liners” of F. Laeisz Lines. Employed in the nitrate trade, Peking made voyages from Europe to the west coast of South America with general cargo and returned filled with guano for use in the making of fertilizer and explosives. Peking was made famous by the Irving Johnson film “Around Cape Horn,” which documented her 1929 passage around the southern tip of South America in hurricane conditions.
ABOUT SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
South Street Seaport Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located in the heart of the historic South Street Seaport district in New York City. Founded in 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses galleries and performance spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”