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The City of Gothenburg & East Indiaman "Götheborg" by HELUA

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Gothenburg, Sweden is situated on the river Göta Älv at its outlet into the North Sea and the Atlantic.

This summer the East Indiaman “Götheborg” is anchored in the harbour.The original ship sank (or was she sunk for insurance reasons?) just outside the port of Gothenburg, some 250 years ago with her cargo of china and tea. All sailors survived, but the ship was lost.

Since the wreckage of the vessel Götheborg was found in 1984, the idea emerged of making a replica of the vessel. Divers endeavered to rescue what could be retrieved, and enthusiasts worked for years to finance and build this replica.

After various tests and achieving its safety certificates from Det Norske Veritas, the vessel sailed for China in October 2005, like the original ship did, but it did not follow the same route. The “Götheborg” berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, and then left for Hout Bay before continuing on its voyage. Among the harbours visited were Cádiz, Recife, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
The voyage took about one and a half years.

The “Götheborg” returned to Gothenburg June 9, 2007, welcomed by the president of China, Hu Jintao, who visited Sweden mainly for this reason, and by the King and Queen of Sweden, Carl Gustaf and Silvia. The ship was also welcomed by thousands of private boats, and a hundred thousand spectators on shore.( And I was one of them:) )

During the recent Crown Princess wedding in Stockholm on June 19th 2010, the “Götheborg” honoured the event with her presence.


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I am a nature lover and an amateur photographer.
Nature is my main inspiration.Snow and ice, birds and water keep attracting my eye. So do trees amd flowers.
I am also interested in myth and history, especially the history of women, the `herstory´. I love to travel and to visit archeological sites and beautiful landscapes.
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  • frogster
    frogsterabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Helua

  • Thank you, that ship makes all the difference!!:)

    – HELUA

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot Helua x

  • Thank you Irene! I love seeing that ship from the ferry across!:)

    – HELUA

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, I love the tall ship!!

  • Thank you Marvin, that ship is a beauty!! x

    – HELUA

  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 4 years ago

    What a wonderful capture Helua!!

  • I took this from the ferry that passes on the river. Did several shots all from different angles. Thanks for liking it, Mike!!x

    – HELUA

  • BlackSwan
    BlackSwanabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image! Great tones and mood , gorgeous ship!

  • Thanks Leena! This ship is amazing and a beautiful sight!

    – HELUA

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 3 years ago


  • Tack Torfinn!! Roligt att du gillar Göteborg!:)

    – HELUA

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 3 years ago

    This is such a fantastic shot,, Helua – love the detail that you have captured !!

  • Mattie, thank you so much for your great comment and Fave!!xx

    – HELUA

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