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.