Sweden's Götheborg, the world's largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, announced today that Gibraltar will be the second port of call on its 2023 European tour. It is the first time the ship has visited the Rock and will be in port from 6 to 9 April.
The Götheborg of Sweden is a unique replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company merchant ship that sank off Gothenburg in 1745. The replica took ten years to build and was launched 20 years ago in 2003. In 2023, the ship sails around Europe and invites people to sail as deckhands on board or visit the ship while it is in port.
Coming from Sète in the south of France, Gibraltar will be the second stop on the 2023 European Tour. After the Gibraltar call, a long and adventurous leg of sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar, along the coast of Portugal and through the Bay of Biscay awaits.
"We are delighted and proud to welcome the magnificent Götheborg to Gibraltar for the first time," said Vijay Daryanani, the Rock Government's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Ports.
We are looking forward to giving visitors the opportunity to come on board the Götheborg and experience it before it sails through the Straits. The ship before it sails north through the Strait of Gibraltar". The ship will be moored in the centrally located Mid Harbour Marina and will be open to the public during its stay in Gibraltar.