Wednesday, January 20, 2016
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Let’s take you back to the days of sail. The steel hulled, four masted 1911 barque Peking was one of the last windjammers used in trade around the dangerous Cape Horn route. For many years Peking has been docked at New York City’s South Street Seaport museum. They can no longer afford to keep the ship given it’s nearly million dollar per year maintenance cost. A 30 million-euro grant from the German government means the 320’ ship is set to be sailed back across the Atlantic to its home and final resting berth in Hamburg Germany where it was originally built back in 1911. This is a 1929 documentary film narrated by Irving Johnson as Peking sailed from Germany to Chile via the dangerous Cape Horn. This is a fantastic film that illustrates well, what it was like being at sea under sail way back then.