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The photo shows the busy Kiel Canal at Rendsburg; a cargo ship is heading towards Kiel while two tugboats are helping the famous ship Cap San Diego to navigate into the port of Rendsburg.
The Cap San Diego, built in 1961, is a unique testimony to seafaring and is berthed in her old home harbor of Hamburg as the only seaworthy museum freighter in the world. She is the last of the classic cargo ships. Constructed by the Deutsche Werft, Hamburg, the vessel is from bow to stern a Hamburg ship. With her sleek hull and massive stern, the ship resembles an elegant yacht rather than a freighter.
On March 29, 1962, the Cap San Diego sailed off to her maiden voyage. During the following 20 years, she completed more than 120 round trips between Hamburg and South America. However, the inexorable rise of the standardized shipping container left less and less room for conventional cargo freighters, so that in 1981, the Cap San Diego was sold to a Spanish shipping company. She sailed for this company up to early 1986 when the ravages of time finally visibly caught up with the erstwhile "White Swan of the South Atlantic". Under the name of "Sangria" she left for her very last voyage, to be dismantled and to end in a junk furnace. As luck would have it the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg decided to buy the Cap San Diego and to preserve her as a maritime monument. The story of the Cap San Diego is a symbol of the great port city of Hamburg. Being the last vessel of her kind she bears living witness to German engineering process in shipbuilding.
(source: www.capsandiego.de)

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