Hamburg’s oldest active seagoing vessel sank after colliding with a container ship in the Elbe on Saturday.
There were 43 passengers on board when the 1883-built No.5 Elbe collided with the 141-meter-long (462-foot) container ship Astrosprinter about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Hamburg.
Passengers were rescued almost immediately, thanks to a swift response from five rescue boats which witnessed a minor accident a few hundred yards away. At least five people were injured, including one seriously.
“It would have been fatal for the passengers if we hadn’t been nearby,” operations director Wilfried Sprekels told the local newspaper. Hamburger Abendblatt.
However, the wooden auric schooner sustained serious damage and sank, although rescuers were able to secure the wreckage relatively close to the surface. The container ship continued its journey, having suffered almost no damage.
Danish shipbuilders spent eight months renovating the sparkling white boat
The historic 37-meter (121-foot) vessel had just returned to Hamburg waters after a complete overhaul. It had spent eight months in a Danish shipyard undergoing a 1.5 million euros ($ 1.7 million) refurbishment and was unveiled earlier this week.
The schooner was built in 1883 in Hamburg and bought pilots from ships in the North Sea. It was decommissioned in the 1920s and sold to adventurer Warwick Tompkins in the United States. In 2002, the Hamburg Maritime Foundation bought the ship from an antique dealer for € 800,000 and brought it home.
It was Hamburg’s last ship of the wooden shipbuilding era.
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