Swedish Ship "Götheborg" (replica) at the Sail In parade from IJmuiden to Amsterdam (North Sea Canal), Sail Amsterdam 2010 (Holland)
The 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 (Göteborg), 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. Much of the time was spent researching how to rebuild the replica. In 2008, Götheborg completed the first Baltic Sea Tour. The East Indiaman Götheborg is classified as a passenger ship sailing under the ordinary Swedish flag. But when in port, the ship is entitled to fly the old swallowtailed version of the flag, the SOIC flag (Svenska Ostindiska Companiet or Swedish East India Company), that the original vessel sailed under.