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Tall Ship Peking at South Pier Seaport
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No: 2341   Contributor: Fred Claessen   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: USA
Tall Ship Peking at South Pier Seaport

I stayed for four days with my daughter in New York. We spent some time cycling and sightseeing down town.
One of the places we visited was the South Pier Seaport where you can see the Peking and Wavertree at their permanent berth. A shame really; these great tall ships should be sailing rather than rusting away.

See also picture #2342.
Picture added on 03 June 2007
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I spent 2years onboard the Peking when she was the TS ARETHUSA, besttime of my life, this is one of the best photos' i've seen of her for a long time, it's a shame she is being sold on again but if the money is spent on her she really could be sailing again one day, there were 240 boys on this ship & t was hard going most of the time, discipline was out of this world!it gave us all a grounding in life like no other, most old boys are still in touch from all over the world having carved out careers mainly in HM forces UK, I was onboard 1959/61

Added by TERENCE GRANGER ex No 20 on 11 April 2008.
i also spent 2years aboard "peking", then known as the arethusa, i was a chief petty officer cadet.it was very hard but you were very proud when you compleated your time there.i hear she is being sold again, what a shame!i have many memories and some photos to share.i live in ottawa, canada and would welcome the chance to visit her again.if someone would like to interview me i w2ould welcome it.thks

Added by John Mclarens on 19 November 2008.
I too served aboard the TS ARETHUSA with Terry and John we were all about 14 years of age and I can definitely say it made men of us all. There were many memorable times onboard and I, m sure every boy who went on there has many a story to tell, they were good times and could never be repeated in this modern day. I do hope the ship is preserved and kept in good order.

Added by Pete Watford on 15 December 2008.
This photo was passed on to me by - an ex Arethusa boy. Like your other contributers I was also an Arethusa boy, 1955 to 1957, No. 129 and managed the dissy heights of 'Leading Boy' before departure into the Royal Navy for manhy years.
I have visited the Peking on two or three occasions when on holiday in the New York area and have been much saddened by the mess below decks where it seems that any restoration has just been given up although on the upper deck it does look pretty good. Also been on the Waverley which seems in much better condition.
I would be interested in your photos John Mclaren if you care to put them on the net?? At the moment I am having a go at building a plastic model, actually the Passat, the only real sister ship to the Peking, I am not doing too well because there are so many other things to do!! However I am going to try to make it the Arethusa as I remember it and any photos would help.
Best wishes you ex 'Are' boys!
Fred Shaw - fredshaw@servitsystems.biz

Added by Fred Shaw on 15 April 2009.
thank you for a great picture as others was a member of ship when named arethusa was on mess 10 port no 98 have still have report if picture comes up for sale let me no thank you

Added by Anthony Wright on 03 November 2009.
standing on the button of the main mast was a terrifying experience,this was a dare,looking down on the deck seemed a mile away.How sailors cope with the rigging in all weathers is truly incredible.I agree she should be sailing,along with many others.

Added by Barry Groves 208 leading seaman. on 25 January 2010.
I agree with all the comments above, but amongst our officers was "Shacks" who always said that a ship is really always it's original name Peking, like her sisters Pamir & Passat. I recently saw a film in Cyprus of Peking going round the Horn in 1930 and it was fabulous, the some of the aloft crew were descending from yard to yard by sliding down the side of the sail!! The discipline and sense of adventure on board preceded a career in the Royal Marines (blame Shacks) and then many years living and working overseas, with a break to serve a stint back in with the RN as a Senior Instructor Officer. Now retired, I started as Boy 80, 8 Mess, First of Port, from 1960 until 1963.

Added by Michael Barrington-Miles on 30 April 2010.
Great picture, many memories.
Michael Barrington-Miles. We were there together (6 mess, N0.46, 1960/62) but can't place you. Drop me an email at Areboy46@embarqmail.com and let's swap notes.

Added by Brian Reynell on 01 May 2010.
Great Ship ...Dennis Phillips(Phil)Boy#61 Mess Stbd-For'd...EX CPO (BOY) Year 1951.

Added by Dennis Phillips on 05 December 2010.
Great picture of a great ship, my "time" on her was 1957/59 and it has never been far from my mind, she made men out of boys, her stamp is still on me, as it is with all are'boys, I left her as a senior chief petty officer and was as proud as punch, at the end of my time I really did not want to leave, but we all did and I think we were all the better for having been on her.
No. 84, 1957/59.

Added by Alan (Tommy) Tucker. on 20 January 2011.
The Arethusa changed my life and I have very fond memories of thise years from 1960-62. Went to see the Peking in New York. She could do with a complete make over.

Added by Mick Colley on 12 March 2011.
I also was in TS Arethusafrom 1961 to 1963 and then went on to serve 35 years in the Royal navy.
The two years in the Arethusa installed the dicipline which has kept me right all my life.
Thank you Arethusa (ex Peking)

Added by Richard John Wardrope No 115 Top Stbd on board on 24 June 2011.
Richard,
I commend your comments, but can any imagine what the "health & safety" nutters would have made of us on Pekings foremast!!

Added by Mike Barrington-Miles (ex boy 80) on 25 June 2011.
I visited the Peking while in Manhattan serving in a RCN destroyer in 1984. I had to pay $3.50 to get onboard; never thought I'd see the day that I would actually pay to get onboard the old Barque. Talk about a trip down memory lane. The ARRY gave me a good start to the following 34 years in the RN and RCN and lots of great memories of a tough but enjoyable time. I remember you Pete Watford and still have the photo of the band with bandmaster Bob Morton, plus a few from our Ganges days.

Added by Adrian Hollington-Sawyer 201 AX Stbd 1960-61 on 21 September 2013.
Hi Shipmates, I was on the Arethusa 1958-60 no 228 and have some very good memories of my time on board, yes there are some darker times if I put my mind to it but I choose not to think of those, I am so very grateful for the training and self-confidence I received during my time on board, this helped me in my future life as a contracts manager in the building industry running multi million pound contracts. As a past Chairman and now Honorary Treasurer of the Arethusa Old Boys Association I have met a number of shipmates who cannot put those darker times to the back of their mind, such a pity as it is my belief that our training had such an influence on our lives, this made us better people in my opinion. The great thing for me with the Peking going to Hamburg Germany is that she is much closer to her true home on the Medway as the ARETHUSA.

Added by Brian Baker on 28 November 2015.
Hi! I concur your comments. It is also nice to think that if Peking goes to Hamburg then she will be near the Blomm & Voss shipyard where she was built along with Passat, which is also in Germany.

Added by Michael Barrington-Miles, ex boy 80, FXL Port on 02 December 2015.
Hi, Shipmates All.
I'm working with the principal players of those involved in the return of Arethusa, both here in the US and in Hamburg. The list of folks gets longer at almost every phone call but I will keep the AOBA Chairman & Committee informed of progress and events, and will also post here and the other associated sites to try and keep everyone in the loop.

Added by Brian Reynell on 02 December 2015.
Quentin Reynolds No 34 4 mess 25-Mar-2018 02:27
Quentin Reynolds nick name SPLINT or SPLINTER
I was aboard The TS Arethusa 56/58 No 34 division FXPT then HMS Vincent PJ982808
My email mailquentin@aol.com the Arethusa was a great positive influence on my life, I trained on her from 1956 with a great bunch of lads who like me I’m sure, have a lot to thank her and her Officers for it was good grounding for the RN. The most memorable officers I remember where the “WIZZ” a some what large fella by the name of Fuller, he smoked about 2 packets fags a day but at least he know his seamanship also had PT officer the name of ‘Shacks’ he he tough me how to box, The other officers were very mediocre and Farrington always at odds with Le Mare The ship itself was great but I didn't enjoy climbing the fore mast never worked up the courage to make the last Jacobs Ladder,
I would really like to catch up with any one who can remember me , Blackaby.. Osmand .. Goldsmith .. A couple of name I remember any does anyone have photos from the 56/58 times on board ?


Added by Quentin Reynolds ( splinter) on 12 April 2018.
Nice to see the officers mentioned, "Shacks" inspired me to join the Royal marines in late 1962, I was No 80 in 8 Mess Foxl Port from 1958. Arethusa, PEKING is under restoration at the slipway that she was built on in Hamburg and will join her sister Passat when completed, possibly to sail again.

Added by Michael Barrington-Miles on 19 April 2018.
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