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Götheborg is a sailing replica of an 18th-century Swedish East Indiaman and the world’s largest operational wooden sailing vessel. All sailors survived when the original ship sank off Gothenburg, Sweden, on 12 September 1745, while approaching the harbour on her return from a third voyage to China. Construction of the replica started in 1995, with the hull launched in 2003, and the rig fully tested for the first time in 2005.

Type: Sailing vessel
Tonnage: 788 GT
166 DWT
Length: 58 m (190 ft 3 in) (inc. bowsprit)
40.9 m (134 ft 2 in) o/a
40.55 m (133 ft 0 in) p/p
Beam: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Draught: 4.95 m (16 ft 3 in)
Depth: 6.75 m (22 ft 2 in)
Decks: 3
Installed power: 2 × 180 kW (241 hp) Volvo Penta 103 generators
Propulsion: 2 × 550 hp (410 kW) Volvo Penta diesel engines 36,000 l (9,500 US gal) of fuel
2 shafts
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship Sail area: 1,964 m2 (21,140 sq ft)
Crew: 80 (20 professional & 60 volunteers)
Armament: 10 × long guns

The Swedish East India Company was established on 14 June 1731, to trade in East Asia. The company followed the Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, French and English East India Companies. Situated in Gothenburg, the company secured a 15-year monopoly on far eastern trade, exchanging Swedish timber, tar, iron and copper for tea, porcelain and silk. The company existed for 82 years and its vessels made 131 voyages using 37 different ships. Even though the company in the end went bankrupt, it made enormous profits during most of its years in operation and influenced the history of Sweden in several ways.