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The building of a new Swedish East Indiaman "Gotheborg"


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I came across this youtube documentary dealing with a Swedish New build of a East Indiaman “Gotheborg” that sank in Gotheborg Harbour on her return home from China in September 1745. Divers recovered artifacts from her cargo between 1986 -1993 but almost all the structure of the vessel had decayed.


The documentary follows the building of a replica ship from the selection of 200-year-old oak trees for mast sections, knees etc by traditional, hand-made carpentry, foundry and blacksmith work, and the making of 1.964 sqm hand-sewn linen canvas sails and 20 tons of hand-made hemp ropes.


Before posting I did a check of the forums and found Tadeusz43 excellent post packed with fabulous information and photos of various period ships including many of the finished Gotheborg but it didn't include the following video links which I hope will be of interest to others as much as they were to me.


Each part is about 15 mins. - Cheers pete


Pt 1



Pt 2






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