Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Swedish Ship Götheborg

Forget Pirates of the Carribean...check out the Swedish ship Götheborg, a full-scale replica of an 18th century East India merchantman in South Quay!

I am wandering along and spot the ship and it seems like I have gone back a couple of hundred years or at the very least wandered onto a film set...its pretty spectacular...blurb follows:

The Götheborg is the only ship like it in the world and the first ever replica East Indiaman to sail into London. The Götheborg has returned to London 262 years after her original namesake left for Sweden; a dramatic, final voyage that saw the ship wrecked just outside Gothenburg Harbour as an insurance scam on 12 September, 1745. Her cargo at the time was valued at more than the Swedish national budget. The Götheborg will stay in London until 2 June, berthed at West India Docks, South Quay, E14 9RS. She is open to the public during this time, providing an insight into the type of ships that helped build the country's wealth and shape its heritage over 200 years ago. A quayside exhibition about this ship's recreation is also provided.

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