Film and chips in King’s Lynn to raise funds to restore historic Wash fishing vessel Baden Powell

The Baden Powell restoration team is showing a rare film of the tall ship Peking sailing through a storm around Cape Horn at a fund-raising evening at The Green Quay on Thursday, December 8.

Fish and chips start the evening at 6.30pm, followed by an auction of goodies and then the film.

The Peking, an enormous steel-hulled four-masted merchant sailing vessel built in Hamburg just before the First World War, operated long after steam revolutionised shipping.

Irving Johnson joined her in Hamburg in 1929, when she set sail for Chile Via Cape Horn. He had his 16mm cine camera with him.

And he took it with him when he climbed high into the rigging when the Peking ran through a gale while rounding the Cape.


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The result is one of those films you will never forget.

The Peking sailed for many more years, and in the 1960s became a Shaftesbury Society home for boy sailors in the River Medway, Kent.

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She is now at the South Street Maritime Museum in New York.

After the show you will hear the latest news on King's Lynn's own historic vessel, the Baden Powell, built by Walter Worfolk in 1899 and now being conserved for the future.

Volunteers are hard at work restoring the twin-ended vessel, which it is hoped will be returned to seaworthy condition and a berth on lynn waterfront.

By 2013, they hope to be sailing in her down the river and out to The Wash– a trip she did countless times over her 90-year life in the fishing fleet.

Tickets are �9, from The Green Quay.

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