River Elbe sinking: Restored 19th Century ship goes down

The stricken No 5 Elbe schoonerPicture copyright
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The 37m (121ft) schooner had only in the near past completed a €1.5m (£1.3m; $1.7m) refit

A 19th Century ship that had solely just lately undergone an costly restoration has sunk in Germany after a collision with a container vessel.

A number of folks aboard the No 5 Elbe schooner had been injured in Saturday’s incident on the Elbe River close to the northern metropolis of Hamburg.

However all 43 folks had been shortly evacuated by rescue boats close by.

The schooner, in-built 1883, is Hamburg’s final seagoing picket ship from the period.

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The reason for the collision at about 12:30 GMT on Saturday is being investigated.

“If we hadn’t been within the neighborhood there may have been fatalities,” fireplace service official Wilfried Sprekels informed the native newspaper Stader Tageblatt.

Rescue vessels had been coping with a minor incident close by on the time.

However regardless of all their efforts the schooner sank.

The 37m (121ft) boat had only in the near past completed a €1.5m (£1.3m; $1.7m) refit in a Danish shipyard.

Its homeowners hope to salvage it so it might be rented for harbour excursions.

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