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About the ship

It’s not easy to build an 18th-century ship in full 1:1 scale without the help of any original drawings. It doesn’t make it any easier when solely using the tools, building methods and materials of that time. In addition to that, the ship has to fulfill today’s safety requirements from authorities. However, sometimes, impossible dreams grow wings and take flight. Götheborg of Sweden is today the largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship in the world.

The ship's history

Good stories are worth to be told, particularly the story of Götheborg of Sweden. The Swedish East India Company, one of Sweden’s most successful brands in history, was founded in the year of 1731. The Trade Company traded with China and completed a total of 132 voyages with 37 ships until it ceased in 1813. In 1993 the Swedish East India Company was re-established in order to revive, manage, operate, and develop the art of Swedish shipbuilding and seamanship.

About the company

The ship Götheborg is owned by SOIC and bare boat chartered by Rederi Götheborg AB. SOIC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greencarrier AB. In 2022/2023 Götheborg of Sweden will embark on a two-year long expedition to Asia, sailing in Europe in 2022 and in Asia in 2023. 

Latest news

Opening hours in February

02 February 2023

In February and the first week of March we are open on Saturdays. We offer guided tours in English with one of our crew members. Please make sure to prebook your tickets online to save your spot! 

Sail for free on board Götheborg

26 January 2023

We now offer a unique opportunity to sail for free on board the Götheborg during the first six weeks of this year’s sailing adventure. Sign on in Barcelona mid-March and sign off in the Brittany/Normandie area right at the end of April. This is a bucket list sailing adventure that you don’t want to miss!

First stopover: Sète, France

26 January 2023

The first stopover on the European Tour 2023 will be beautiful Sète in the south of France. Between 24–27 March will be moored at Quai d'Alger at the heart of Sète. With the release of the first sailing destination of the European Tour 2023, the first and last stopover are now official.