My friend and I had the opportunity to go onboard this peculiar ship when it docked at the Stenpiren harbour for viewing. It seemed as though it was a favorable chance for us since we didn’t know it was there and we were out that day for a summer stroll in the city. With full stomach after taking our lunch at a Chinese restaurant, we decided to take a walk from there not knowing how far or near it would be to the city centre. When we saw the ship from the distance we didn’t recognize at once that it was the historical and phenomenal Ostindiefararen (the Swedish Ship Götheborg). We took a closer look of the ship and finally knew that it was. Even if we live here in the city where this ship originates we have a hard time seeing it at a close range, moreso going onboard is out of the question. Then finally day it was open for public viewing and touring for a minimal fee. Well, we could have paid lower than we did if we did not pretend as tourists. I was shocked to hear the ticket seller spoke to us in English when normally most speak Swedish first before switching to English if they needed to. We joined the group with an English-speaking guide and that’s it! The fee was higher than a group with a Swedish-speaking guide. Duh! But it was worth for a random chance like that.
This ship is a revision of the original one built in 1738. After three successful trips to China, it sank when it was approaching the Gothenburg harbour. The new ship was built with traditional methods and same raw materials as used before. The ship made its historical expedition to China in 2005 and returned to the home port in 2007.
I found out later that this Swedish Ship Götheborg would stay by the Stenpiren harbour here for seven weeks. Then its summer ending trip will include a trip to Sail Amsterdam and Sail Bremerhafen.
Auntie E says
What A great looking ship. there is just something about these ships of old. Love the inside, dinning facilities. Maybe one day it will make it’s way to our area.
That will be sure, I hope. I have not heard of a trip of this ship outside Europe except China.
Lovely shot on a great ship.
hip chick says
Even though it is a reproduction it is still a beautiful old ship.
Nice ship Len, it’s a rare kind!… where modern methods and materials are use in building ships now,…mukhang kakaiba nga toh!,…parang kapanahunan ni Marco Polo,…w/ all the hardwood materials,ang ganda,…kumbaga sa car “vintage” ang dating!…Ba’t d mo kasama si Leif?…tuloy naging tourist ka!…hehehe…luv yahhh so much!
Ganun nga, Non. Ni-preserve pa rin nila ang “look” ng ship although medyo modern na sa loob. Pero ang malalaking ropes ang di ko ma-imagine na ginamit pa rin nila. For old time’s sake talaga. Miss u dearie luv, muahh.
life ramblings says
what a fine classic ship. the interior looks very warm and inviting .
Amazing! I wish i could have the opportunity like yours… I love going to places where there are historical stories… and the ship… marvelous! Planning to go to Bataan next next month… Sana matuloy…
Really cool ship! The ones we build today have no character to them at all.
Glad to see a ‘working’ old ship. Kelan daw sila maliligaw dito sa Pinas? Hehe.
Oo nga ano, kelan kaya? So far sa Asia, China pa lang ang narating nito.
that’s a grand looking dame!
It looks like fun sailing on this ship. I can almost imagine the plates and cups sliding back and forth on the dining room tables.
Great looking Ship.Hope you enjoyed a lot.
Wow, that looks like a fun place to eat. What a way to kinda go back in time and hang out. I love boats especially old ones.