The World’s Largest Ocean Going Wooden Sailing Ship the Götheborg is Coming to London

On Monday 8 August the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, Götheborg of Sweden will pass Tower Bridge between 8.30 am and 9 am and dock at South Dock Quay in Canary Wharf at 10am.

The Götheborg is a full-sized replica of an 18th century ship that was owned by the Swedish East India Company, but ran aground and sank outside of Gothenburg in 1745. A replica ship was launched in 2003 and sailed the historical route to Asia and back, several trips around Europe until 2015 and in 2021 the ship sailed from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back.

The ship last visited London in May 2007 and is now about to embark on a two-year expedition following in the historic footsteps of the original vessel promoting trade relations in Europe and Asia. The ship will sail in Europe in 2022, stay in the Mediterranean during the winter, and continue to Asia in March 2023 reaching its end destination of Shanghai in September 2023.

You are welcome to visit the ship in port and you’ll learn about the history of the East India Companies and the adventures of the original Götheborg which sailed three times to Asia. You’ll hear a modern take on sailing an 18th century ship, the art of shipbuilding and an authentic atmosphere, including the smell of tar!  There’s a station guiding on board when in port. That means you follow a marked route around the ship and the ship’s deckhands are stationed in different places around the ship, ready to tell you about the ship, sailing on board and the great Asia Expedition. The visit takes about an hour.

Opening hours in London

  • 8 August: Open 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 9 August: Open 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • 10 August: Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 11 August: Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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The 2022/3 Route of the Gotheborg of Sweden