> Peking (Hamburg, Germany, 1911), an iron-hulled four-masted bark
Waverley (Hamburg, Germany, 1911)

The Peking. Hamburg, Germany, 1911. Extreme length: 377 feet. South Street Seaport Museum, New York, New York. Accordng to dockside information panel provided by the South Street Seaport Museum, this iron-hulled four-masted bark was one of the last generation of ocean-going cargo ships, which, despite having been constructed in the twentiteh century, had none of the long-available safety and labor-saving devices. She retired at last in the 1930s. I could not get a photograph of the entire vessel from the sunward side because the Wavertree blocked the view. But I did take one of the the decoration beneath the bowsprit.

Photograph and text 2006 by George P. Landow. [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

Last modified 21 December 2006