Since it has become clear that the 4‑masted bark PEKING is coming to Hamburg as a museum ship, the public relations work of the Friends of the 4‑masted bark PEKING is great. Since the beginning of 2018, the rigging has been repaired or completely rebuilt using old crafts techniques. Since the harbour museum in Hamburg does not reopen until the beginning of April, the opportunity was taken to hold two public events there in March to see the riggers at work. A German/Danish team of 14 mostly young people has to completely restore 4.8 km of PEKING rigging.
The grooves in the steel cables are filled with ropes at the beginning.
Afterwards a winding of canvas is made.
After that, a thick layer of Labsal, a mixture of tar and linseed oil, is applied.
The last operation is the cladding of the ropes. Here they work with a special tool (I don’t know the translation of »Kleedkeule«), which makes it quite easy to wrap the ropes tightly around the steel core.