Sumary of Replica of Swedish 18th century trading ship to sail to Asia:
- STOCKHOLM (AP) — Her cannons firing a powerful salute, a full-size replica of an 18th century armed merchant ship that sank in 1745 sailed into port at the Swedish capital Thursday, ahead of a voyage to Asia early next year.
- Drawing crowds in every port she visits, the nearly 60-meter (197-feet) long Götheborg of Sweden is billed the world’s largest operational wooden sailing vessel and will be used to promote Swedish businesses and culture, and advocate for sustainability.
- The ship was owned by the Swedish East India Company, which traded with China and completed a total of 132 voyages with 37 vessels until it ceased operating in 1813.The ship’s wreckage was found in 1984, triggering the idea to build a replica.
- Work started in 1995, and the vessel was launched eight years later.