Join us on the longest and most adventurous of the European sailing legs. Fifteen days of sailing, crossing the Bay of Biscay as we head south towards Lisbon and later the Mediterranean. A sail to cross off the bucket list!
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.
In September, Götheborg will sail to Lisbon, Portugal. It is the first time that the ship visits Portugal. Götheborg will be in Lisbon 5–8 September 2022 and will be moored at the central location of Cais Rocha Conde de Óbidos. The ship will be open to visitors during its stay. Welcome on board!
We have now been at the shipyard for a number of weeks in order to get ready for the Asia Expedition. We've had sunshine, rain and snowstorms during our time at Gotenius, but now it's time to head back to Pier 4 at Eriksberg in Gothenburg. Let us tell you all about it.