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PEKING is coming home

PEKING is coming home
Hamburg, November 12, 2015 - The Budget Committee of the Bundestag has decided to support the construction of a harbor museum in Hamburg as well as the transfer of the four-masted bark PEKING from New York and its subsequent restoration as a museum ship with a federal contribution of 120 million euros. The recipient of the funding will be the Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg.

The PEKING cargo glider built by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg in 1911, one of the legendary "Flying P-Liner" of the Hamburg-based shipping company F. Laeisz, is able to return to its original home port in New York after many years in. The restored PEKING becomes a central eye-catcher for the listed 1950s Kaischuppen, vis-a-vis the Elbphilharmonie and an enrichment for the Olympic concept 2024.

The Hamburg Maritim Foundation (SHM) particularly thanks the Hamburg Member of Parliament Johannes Kahrs and Rüdiger Kruse for their dedication to the maritime heritage of our city. Thanks to the grant, not only will an appropriate port museum be created for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, but the entire maritime scene will be brought to the public's attention. From this synergy effects can be expected for the fleet of historic ships, which has been built up and lovingly maintained for many years.

Joachim Kaiser, CEO of SHM: "Both the PEKING and the BLEACHEN, which is currently undergoing restoration, will later become the central exhibits of the future Hafenmuseum. The listed 1950 quay huts in the Port of Hamburg, also owned by the Hamburg Maritime Foundation, are the ideal location for a German Harbor Museum with their historic storage sheds, harbor cranes and freight cars. "

The responsibility for the implementation of these plans - including the transfer and restoration of the PEKING - lies with the Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg. The Hamburg Maritim Foundation will continue to focus on the preservation of its traditional sailing fleet, the start-up of the general cargo vessel BLEICHEN and the maintenance, upgrading and letting of the historic sheds.

Nikolaus H. Schües, partner of the shipping company F. Laeisz and chairman of the SHM board of trustees: "The people of Hamburg are proud of their port and the shipping companies based there, the enthusiasm for the maritime heritage is in our blood. With the new harbor museum and the restored PEKING this is even more conscious. So I am very happy about the decision of the Bundestag members. "

The monumental restoration of the PEKING and its restoration as a museum ship are expected to be completed in 2018. His final berth is said to be just north of the Hansahöft, not two kilometers from the place where it was launched in 1911.

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