The Götheborg

The largest wooden ship, the Götheborg, was docked in Dover over the weekend. It came in firing its cannons, and after it docked, it was opened to the public to go on and visit. I didn’t want to miss out on this golden opportunity, so on Sunday, I went for a visit. The stairs are pretty steep, and I knew I couldn’t manage them all, so I had a choice, I could either go up the ladder to the top and look at the view of the harbour from up there, or I could go downstairs to the galley, where the cannons are. Naturally I chose the cannons.

When the ship left, it fired the guns again, but it was raining heavily with a low cloud so the photos didn’t come out too well. I have cleaned them up as best as I could, and you can just about see the smoke from the guns. It really is a magnificent piece of art.

This is a replica of the original Götheborg which sank off Sweden in 1745. This one was started in 1995, and the hull went in the water in 2003. It was christened in 2004 and made it’s maiden voyage in 2005.

28 thoughts on “The Götheborg

    • Thanks Sherry. It has been in a couple of times over the last five years, but this is the first time I have been able to get this close, and it is wondrous.

  1. I’m as fascinated with vintage sailing vessels, as much as I am with lighthouses; in fact, probably more. I saw a science program a few months ago on a local network about ancient sailing vessels. Of course, the Romans and Greeks figured prominently into it, but they also discussed ancient Phoenician and Chinese ships. Apparently, the Chinese built the largest known sailing vessel hundreds of years ago. Great photos, Alastair!

    • It is fantastic. I would have loved to have been able to become part of the crew for five days. It would have been out of this world.

  2. I love tall ships, too! I have one post for the Cutty Sark which is a tall ship that sails around the Puget Sound waters; particularly around Whidbey Island. During the year, it takes on visitors for short sails around the sound for a nominal cost that goes directly toward its primary mission of taking Marine Biology students on cruises around the San Juan Islands in the summer for free. I’ve also been doing research for writing a piece about another tall ship called the SS Suva that is in a bid to be restored. That post is forthcoming this fall.

    • It is great. When the weather is pretty rough, watching the waves can be incredible. And this ship was just exquisite. It was free to board as well. I did buy a little hand made model of the ship which I am going to photograph in the next couple of days as well. This though, it’s something that I won’t forget. It’s a pity I am not fully fit as they take volunteers to their next port. I would have loved to have been able to do that.

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