“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure.
I found it on the sea.”
Thank you, Cee! … this challenge is so close to my heart and my sea legs.
I got my first seaman book in 1972 – I have sailed all the 7 seas … sailed under the Southern Cross and the Polaris.
I have passed the equator 3 times and the International Date Line twice.
And I have lived where the ocean has docked in all my adult life.
This challenge entry I dedicate to one of the most beautiful totally man-made ship I ever been onboard … but never sailed.
“A ship in harbour is safe,
but that is not what ships are built for”
The Swedish Ship “Götheborg” that visited Landskrona in May 2013. If I had been 30 years younger I would have signed on. It requires 80 crew members (20 professional & 60 volunteers.)
“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting,
and enslaving than the life at sea.”
“Götheborg” is a sailing replica of the Swedish East Indiaman Götheborg I, launched in 1738. All sailors survived when the original ship sank off Gothenburg, Sweden in1745 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. The ship cost 300SEK/$45.15/£29.83/€34.91 million to build.
“We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. “
Thomas S. Monson
It’s not easy to build an 18th-century ship in full 1:1 scale without the help of any original drawings. It doesn’t make it any easier when solely using the tools, building methods and materials of that time. In addition to that, the ship has to fulfil today’s safety requirements from authorities. However, sometimes, impossible dreams grow wings and take flight. (info: soic.se)
“The sea is the same as it has been since
before men ever went on it in boats.”
The Swedish Ship Götheborg was, during its expeditions, the largest sailing wooden ship in the world.
“‘Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.”