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© www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Martin Elsen, luftbild.fotograf.de"
© www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Martin Elsen, luftbild.fotograf.de"
© www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Martin Elsen, luftbild.fotograf.de"


Experience the history of seafaring

Back to her home port: After decades of absence, the four-masted barque Peking returns to Hamburg. In the port on the Elbe, the Peking is the fourth large museum ship alongside the Rickmer Rickmers, Cap San Diego and MS Bleichen.

The former freight sailing vessel Peking looks back on an eventful past. The identical sister ship Passat has found a berth in Travemünde only a few kilometres away. 

History of Peking

The four-masted barque Peking was completed in 1911 at Blohm + Voss for the F. Laeisz shipping company. The sailing ship is part of the well-known Flying P-Liner fleet of the traditional Hamburg shipping company. Her maiden voyage took the Peking to South America. As a freighter she sailed to Chile for many years. On her round trips the Pekings sailed around Cape Horn a total of 34 times. The passage by ship is one of the most dangerous in the world. 

From freighter to museum ship

In 1932, the Peking ended her service as a freighter and was converted into a stationary training ship on the east coast of England. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of American independence, the traditional sailing vessel was brought to New York, where the Peking took up her prominent berth in Manhattan. In 2015 it was finally decided to bring the Peking back to her home port of Hamburg. 

Back to Hamburg

The Peters-Werft shipyard in Wewelsfleth took over the restoration of the ailing Peking. The new home of the no longer navigable but accessible museum ship is to be the emerging Grasbrook district of Hamburg. It is planned that the new German Port Museum, which Peking will call its flagship, will be built there by the middle of the 2020s. 

The film "Four-masted barque PEKING - Insights into the restoration work" is available on the YouTube channel of the Hamburg Maritime Foundation: https://youtu.be/NZORlkvr35w (in German).

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

At Hamburg’s city coast, the Elbe and the harbour, you can just sit down and watch as ships, ferries and tugs pass by and enjoy the strong sea breeze. A few hundred meters away you can experience Hamburg’s world-famous “sinful mile” – the Reeperbahn.

St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

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A piece of the hamburg harbour panorama Cap San Diego

The White Swan of the South Atlantic - The "Cap San Diego" was built in 1961 as a cargo ship and has been a museum ship with a fixed berth at the Überseebrücke in Hamburg since 1986.

Cap San Diego
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In addition to the harbour, the Alster forms the maritime face of the city of Hamburg. The Alster, divided in to Binnenalster and Außenalster by the Lombardsbrücke, is a meeting point and attraction for tourists and Hamburgers alike.

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Picturesque small harbour at the Elbe river Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

The museum harbour Oevelgönne is a wonderful destination for young and old on the Elbe beach. Around 20 classic ships are moored at the Neumühlen quay.

Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

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