Are you interested in volunteering at Götheborg during our maintenance period? We are now looking for a few volunteers who have sailed with us recently and are willing to stay with us for 6-8 weeks.
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.
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?
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!