Replica company

This image shows a 282-year-old East India Company ship returning to London for the first time since 1787.

The image, taken in 2007, shows a replica of the Swedish ship Gotheborg on the River Thames at Tower Bridge. The original sank in 1745.

An image of a ship has been circulating on social media for years, alongside claims it is a 282-year-old East India Company ship that has returned to London for the first time since 1787 However, this claim is false.

Logically, I found the same image on the Shutterstock image website through a reverse image search. Shutterstock captioned it “Swedish ship ‘Gotheborg’ on the River Thames, London, Britain – 19th May 2007”. It says the ship is a life-size replica of an 18th century East Indian merchant who sailed the River Thames, Tower Bridge, London.

On May 19, 2007, BBC News published the original image and an article titled “The Merchant Ship” Returns “to London”. The image was taken as the ship cruised along the Thames and was greeted with a full salvo. The ship remained in London until June 2, 2007. On May 20, 2007, the SE1 London community website announced that the tower bridge had been lifted to allow the ship to enter the upper pool of London.

The first Gotheborg was wrecked in September 1745 outside the port of Gothenburg. The ship struck the rocks of the underwater reef, the Hunnebådan. The Swedish Maritime Archeology Society in Gothenburg conducted the first excavation dive in December 1984. The dives took place in July of each year between 1986 and 1992, which led to the idea of ​​creating a replica.

The Gothenburg replica of Sweden began shipbuilding in 2002 and was completed in 2005. In the same year, she set off on her maiden voyage to China from the pier in Gothenburg’s inner harbor.

Gothenburg, Sweden is the largest active wooden sailing ship in the world. He is about to begin his two-year expedition to Asia, sailing to Europe in 2022 and continuing to Asia in 2023. He has completed around nine expeditions.