Letter to the Editor

Sir,

Very interesting item about the restoration of SV Peking in the July/August issue of Corrosion Management. I think UK readers would be most interested in her history as Arethusa II, a Shaftesbury Homes training vessel at Greenhithe on Thames and then Upnor on the Medway, 1932-75 (www.childrenshomes.org.uk/STArethusa) with a 5 year Second World war gap as HMS Pekin in Royal Navy service as a floating barracks.

For information, her sister ship Passat when owned by the Erikson Line of Marieham, Finland participated in the last Great Grain Race of 1949 from Port Victoria (South Australia) to Penarth, Wales, and is now a hostel/venue and museum ship moored on the Baltic coast at Travemünde, Germany.

George W M Hobbs FICorr
Vice President of National Trust of South Australia

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