Götheborg of Sweden is now moored in Barcelona for the winter stopover, and the plan has been to continue to Asia in March 2023. This plan has now been postponed, and the ship will instead sail in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in 2023.
Shipyard visit to prepare for the Asia Expedition 2022/2023
Yesterday Götheborg left Pir 4 at Eriksberg and headed for the shipyard Gotenius at Ringön, where she will be during the next three to four weeks. On her way to the shipyard, Götheborg also passed under the new bridge in Gothenburg, Hisingsbron, for the very first time!
There will be a lot of work done at the shipyard to prepare the ship for the Asia Expedition 2022/2023. The purpose of the shipyard visit is to do all the work that needs to be done on the hull and rudder underneath the waterline. The ship will be washed and painted, and one of the main jobs is to caulk and pitch the hull, to seal it. Maintenance of the under water over board vents will also be carried out, as well as maintenance of the rudder, where work is being done on the gudgeon and pintle.
Caulking and pitching the hull is a big undertaking. As built in the 18th century, the hull on Götheborg has a protective layer of sacrificial planking, outside the outer hull planking. The sacrificial planking is made of fir tree and much thinner than the thick oak hull planking. Between the hull planking and sacrificial planking there is a layer of "tar felt" to protect from shipworms. In the 18th century, cowhides were used for this. To caulk and pitch the hull planking, both the sacrificial planking and the tar felt has to be removed, and then put back again, which is time consuming work.
On October 27, Götheborg of Sweden arrived to Barcelona and moored at one of the top locations in the city harbour: Port Vell/Rambla de Mar. The first weekend in Barcelona was the official stopover, with full crew, and the ship fully rigged. We want to thank Barcelona for the very warm welcome!
Are you interested in Volunteering at Götheborg during her maintenance stop in Barcelona? We now offer a limited amount of volunteer positions for people of 18 years and older!