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Weeks After Restoration, 19th-Century Schooner Sinks

It collided with a cargo ship near Hamburg
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2019 4:28 AM CDT
Parts of the No 5 Elbe, a wooden schooner built in 1883, stick up from the surface of the water after a collision with a container ship in the Elbe River near Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.   (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)
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(Newser) – A newly restored wooden 19th-century ship sank just weeks after it was restored at a cost of $1.7 million. The No. 5 Elbe schooner, built in 1883, sank after a collision with a container ship near Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, the BBC reports. Six adults and two children were injured after a failed tack steered the 121-foot vessel directly into the cargo ship's path, reports the Guardian. All 43 passengers and crew were rescued by boats that had been attending a minor accident a few hundred feet away. The Elbe, whose broken mast is still protruding from the water, was Hamburg's last seagoing ship from the era. Wolfgang Bentz, who worked on restoring the ship, told local media he believes it could still sail again. "It's made of wood and had some damage before," he said. (In April, a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship sank for the second time.)

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