Hamburg mourns loss of last schooner

Hamburg lost a slice of its maritime heritage on Saturday when an 809 teu, German owned boxship ploughed into the 1883-built gaff-rigged schooner Elbe No 5.

The 1883-built sailing vessel had just come out of a EUR1.5m refit when it was struck by the Astrosprinter boxship on a busy stretch of the river Elbe. Six adults and two children were injured after a failed tack steered the sailing ship directly into the containership’s path.

All 43 passengers were rescued but the 37 m long schooner sank. The white-hulled ship was Hamburg’s last remaining seagoing ship from the era of wooden vessels.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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