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Replica of the ‘Gotheborg’ for Sale

Posted in on site by Editor on May 28, 2016

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The Gothenburg III on its journey to China, October 2005
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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As reported by AFP, via Art Daily (27 May 2016) . . .

The world’s largest seaworthy wooden ship of its class, a replica of a merchant vessel that sank in 1745 off the coast of Sweden for reasons still unknown, is up for sale after years on the seas. The Swedish foundation that owns the vessel Gotheborg, a replica of the 18th-century galleon from the Swedish East India Company, announced Thursday it could no longer afford the upkeep.

“This is a tough decision that we’ve been forced to make,” said Lars Malmer,  chairman of the Ostindiefararen Gotheborg foundation. “We would have preferred it to continue sailing, but can confirm that the financial conditions do not exist,” he said in a statement.

The original, the East Indiaman Gotheborg, sank in 1745 within sight of its home port of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast after nearly completing a two-year voyage home from China. . .

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  1. Michael Yonan said, on May 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I wonder if I could get this thing up the Missouri River ….

    • Editor said, on May 28, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      It would make for a lovely HECAA base of operations, though we should get started on the fundraising right away. -Craig H.


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