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Don’t look for a post entitled “Peking,” but time sensitivity calls for this post to follow yesterday’s “High and Dry 4.” As of now, I don’t know of the flying P’s return hour, but she deserves an improvised orchestra on Pier 17 to welcome her back.

Now more fotos ‘neath. And some questions: when was the previous haul-out? are her steel plates riveted in place? how differently was steel made then than now? how different was shipbuilding techniques for Peking from those for Titanic, also built in 1911. See this fabulous Titanic building site here.



Bosun’s whistles, trombones, kazoos, bagpipes, dombaks, tympani, saxes, pan’s pipes, lyres, erhus, fifes, concertinas, alpenhorns, charangos, pahus, even turntables . . .



gamelans, dizis, gusles, whistles, accordions, hurdy gurdies, musical saws, didgeridoos, bullroarers, and all manner of voice from bass to falsettos to throat singers. Tango music a la summer nights and dog howls, too!



Every busker in the city or under it could drown out the purr of the tug escorting her until the response roars out from every tug and ship in the harbor. Every chantey-singer on this side of the Atlantic all the way from ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ to Tierra del Fuego could She’s back from thew Kills! Call and response, repeatedly for the most fotografed ship (I’ll wager) at Pier 17 if not on the whole east side if not . . .



Welcome her back, she predating a bulbous bow!

Seriously, check here, here,  and here for Peking/Arethusa links.

Photos, WVD.

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