The Swedish ship Götheborg in Great Yarmouth
It was quite a treat to have the Swedish ship Götheborg present at the 2015 Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Götheborg is the largest wooden ship in the world and is a 100 % replica of the original ship that sank in the harbour inlet to Gothenburg in 1745. The ship attracted a lot of attention at the festival and the queues were long to get aboard.
I was very pleased that Her Worship the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Shirley Weymouth joined us for lunch aboard the ship together with Swedish business representatives. Both Vattenfall and IKEA are active in the region. It was a very special lunch prepared by the Swedish residence chef Lars Göransson. During the lunch we had the opportunity to listen to a proper sea song sung by the shantymen aboard the ship to help lighten the effort and easen the burden.
At the embassy we were all grateful to the expedition director Emanuel Persson for making this event possible. Hopefully we will see more of Götheborg in the UK in the future. It would be wonderful if the ship could visit London next year.
There is an interesting trailer about the ship for those who want to know more about the ship.