19 December 2006, Singapore - Visitors at VivoCity are in for an experience of a lifetime as Singapore welcomes 'The Swedish Ship Götheborg', a full-scale 18th century replica merchant vessel. Having departed from Hong Kong on December 12, 2006 with crew including four Singaporeans, 'The Swedish Ship Götheborg' will sail into Singapore, docking at The Promenade at VivoCity at 2 pm on December 30, 2006. 'The Swedish Ship Götheborg' will be open to the public from December 31, 2006 to January 9, 2007.Four lucky Singaporeans set sail on historic 18th century replica ship from Hong Kong to Singapore
'The Swedish Ship Götheborg' is a full-scale replica of the historic East Indiaman merchant vessel that foundered off the entrance to the harbour of Gothenburg, Sweden on September 12, 1745. Fitted with 12 different types of sails, this 58.5 meters long historical replica took over ten years to build using modern research combined with the revival of traditional methods of craftsmanship dating from the 18th century. The ship was launched in June 2003 and set sail on her current expedition on October 2, 2005 as a flagship for Swedish enterprise, trade and culture. The journey retraces its original voyage to the Far East of more than 250 years ago.
Since its departure from Sweden, the ship has made port calls in Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and finally at cities Guangzhou and Shanghai in China in July and August respectively. The journey back home started in October with a recent stop in Hong Kong and the next to be in Singapore. The ship will return to Sweden via India, the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean.
During her voyage, the ship has received a lot of attention from the media as well as residents of each harbour she has rested at. Close to 300,000 visitors have boarded 'The Swedish Ship Götheborg' since its departure from Sweden last year, with 180,000 in Guangzhou and Shanghai alone. In Hong Kong, an estimated one million residents visited the exhibition area, while thousands explored the magnificent interiors.On the ship's current leg from Hong Kong to Singapore, four fortunate Singaporeans have had the opportunity to spend 17 days on board. Chosen by the Republic of Singapore Navy and National Heritage Board, Navy Cadets Oh Poh Huat and Oh Zong Bo, as well as N. Sivasothi, Research Officer at Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University's Business student, Teo Wei Chuen are currently experiencing life on board as members of the crew. The Singaporean team is undergoing various training sessions. As Sivasothi publishes on his daily blog, "We've a lot to learn and several Swedes have been showing us the ropes, literally... sails are furled, reefed and unfurled by the crew, like in the old days. You got to love climbing and working as a team!"
From December 26, 2006 - January 6, 2007, every S$50 spent at VivoCity (maximum of two combined same-day receipts), will entitle shoppers to redeem one ticket to get on board the ship on January 7, 2007. Shoppers can redeem up to a maximum of four tickets per shopper per day at Customer Service Counters on Levels 1 and 2, while stocks last.
As the ship will be in Singapore for the first time, an exhibition area will also be set up at VivoCity to educate visitors about the history of the ship and Sweden. The exhibition will take place from December 30, 2006 - January 14, 2007.
'The Swedish Ship Götheborg'
Public Admission Times
December 31: 10 am to 5 pm
January 1: 11 am to 8 pm
January 2, 3, 4, 6: 10 am to 8 pm
January 5: 10 am to 4 pm
January 8, 9: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission tickets only valid on date of purchase
The SOIC, a non-profit foundation, is managing the project Götheborg, a replica of an East Indiaman that in 1745 ran aground and sank off the entrance to the Gothenburg harbour. The construction was based on a marine archaeological excavation of the remnants of that ship. All the time the target has been to sail for China with the replica, along the same route as chosen by the Swedish East India Company of those days in its trade with the Orient and China. King Carl XVI Gustaf is the High Protector of the project.
On October 2nd, 2005, the Swedish Ship Götheborg commenced her expedition to China. As a flagship for Swedish enterprise, trade and culture, the ship has so far made portcalls in Vigo and Cádiz in Spain, Recife in Brazil, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa, Fremantle, Australia and Jakarta, Indonesia. She reached Guangzhou (Canton), China in July and was finally in Shanghai on August 29th. The journey back home started on October 28th when the ship left Shanghai and sailed towards Hong Kong and Singapore continuing via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean back to Sweden. Volvo, SKF, Föreningssparbanken Swedbank and the Port of Gothenburg are the Official Partners of the Swedish Ship Götheborg.
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