Expedition 2022/2023

European Tour 2023

Starting at the end of March, the European Tour 2023, has taken Götheborg to the ports of Sète, Gibraltar, Jersey, Rotterdam, and Hamburg. The 2nd of June, the ship will arrive to its homeport Gothenburg to open the celebration of the city of Gothenburg's 400-year jubilee, with an impressive gun salute. Join the celebrations in Frihamnen at 15:00, 2nd of June! 

400-year anniversary

Beginning of June 2023, Götheborg will return to its home port Gothenburg to play an important role in the 400-year jubilee of the city of Gothenburg! The Swedish East India Company and its ships played a central role in the development and history of the city of Gothenburg – and the ship Götheborg of Sweden is a symbol of the era that laid the foundation of what Gothenburg is today. We are delighted to be part of the celebrations.

A great expedition

Götheborg of Sweden had been laying still for six years, when she left the keyside in August 2021, sailing from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back. This sailing adventure was just the warmup for a longer sailing expedition, and in June 2022 the ship headed out again.

In 2022 Götheborg of Sweden completed a very successful expedition around Europe, making twelve different portstops. More than 50,000 people visited the ship, and close to 500 people experienced what it is like sailing on an 18th century ship while sailing as deckhands between the various ports. 

In 2023 the ship is again sailing in Europe, and will return to it's home port Gothenburg in beginning of June to join in the celebrations of the city's 400-year jubilee. 

The original plan when the ship set sail in 2022 was to sail to Asia and arrive in Shanghai in September 2023. Read more about why this plan has been postponed.

Visit us!

Come on board and visit the ship! Learn about the history of the East India Companies and the adventures of the original Götheborg that sailed three times to Asia. Hear modern tales of sailing an 18th century ship, and about the exciting expedition to Asia. Feel the authentic atmosphere, including the smell of tar, and listen to everything from captivating stories, to the tremendous art of shipbuilding.

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 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.

About the company

The ship Götheborg is owned by SOIC and bare boat chartered by Rederi Götheborg AB. SOIC and Rederi Götheborg AB are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Greencarrier AB. Greencarrier Group is a family-owned Swedish company with over 40 years of history specialising in logistics solutions. 

Latest news

Götheborg is arriving to Gothenburg

01 June 2023

Tomorrow, 2 June at 15:00, we will arrive in Gothenburg to officially open the 400-year jubilee with gun salute. Come and welcome us home!! We would of course love to have some company on the water coming into Gothenburg, and welcome boats to join us! Already today, the 1st of June, you will be able to see us in the Gothenburg archipelago. 

Meet the owner of Götheborg of Sweden

29 May 2023

Meet the owner and a big heart behind Götheborg of Sweden, the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship. It was a purchase decision that came from the heart, rather than from rational business thinking, says Stefan Björk, founder and owner of Greencarrier Group and Götheborg of Sweden.

Hamburg – an important portstop for Greencarrier

24 May 2023

Hamburg was specifically chosen as a key stopover for Götheborg as Greencarrier (our owner) opened new offices in Hamburg in April. On Monday, we were very pleased to welcome especially invited customers, partners and friends of Greencarrier Group on board.

Owner and main partner

Greencarrier Group
Greencarrier is a global group offering logistics solutions all over the world, focusing on knowledge, innovation and sustainable solutions. SOIC and Greencarrier share common values and when we start our journey towards a sustainable future with commerce, shipping and logistics as our base, Svenska Ostindiska Companiet is simply our starting point. We like challenges, and our attitude is:
Yes, it's possible!

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