Summer is over and the maintenance of our beloved ship is in need of some extra pair of hands! If you have time to spend, and love the dark and musky fragrance of tar?
In 2022 and 2023, the Götheborg has been on a great expedition in Europe. We have visited nineteen ports in the past year, and welcomed 90,000 visitors on board. We started from Gothenburg the 8th of June 2022. In 2022, we visited Helsingborg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Bremerhaven, Lisbon, Málaga, Nice, Monaco, Valletta and Barcelona. In 2023 we visited Sète, Gibraltar, Jersey, Rotterdam and Hamburg, before arriving back to Gothenburg the 2nd of June 2023 to officially open the city of Gothenburg's 400-year jubilee with gun salute.
The 2nd of June, Götheborg returned to its home port Gothenburg to officially open the 400-year jubilee with gun salute. 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 were delighted to be part of the celebrations throughout the summer of 2023.
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.
After staying the winter in Barcelona, the ship again in 2023 sailed in Europe. After leaving Barcelona the 20th of March, she visited Sète, Gibraltar, Jersey, Rotterdam and Hamburg, before returning to her home port Gothenburg the 2nd of June to join the celebrations of the city's 400-year jubilee.
In total the ship has visited nineteen ports during the expedition 2022/2023, and we have welcomed 90,000 visitors on board.
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 was postponed.
A glimpse into life on board
These short videos from the 2022 expedition document what sailing on board the Götheborg is all about: The breathtaking scenery, the ocean, the hard work, the adventure, the comradeship and the great people on board. The amazing ship that is Götheborg of Sweden; creaking, swaying, sailing – all craftmanship, manual work and rugged beauty.
We are now moored in Gothenburg and will stay open to visitors during summer 2023.
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.
Good news! We will extend the period that we are open to visitors in Eriksberg, Gothenburg. All through September 2023, we will stay open for guided tours on weekends. Opening hours will be 11:00–16:00 and tours will leave once an hour. Welcome on board the world's largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship!
At the end of August, Götheborg of Sweden will attend Sweden’s largest shipping event, Donsö Shipping Meet (DSM). It’s the first time that the ship will attend the event, and it is also the first time that Götheborg will moor at Donsö in the southern archipelago outside of Gothenburg.
Owner and main partner
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!