Cannons puffed smoke as the 21-gun Royal Salute resounded through Sweden's capital last Monday at high noon when the East India Merchantman Götheborg sailed to the end her journey from the West Coast city after which the vessel was Christened and came to anchor at the Drottningbryggan (Queen's Wharf).

The faithful replica of the Swedish merchant ship form the 1700's which has now sailed around Africa, to India and China and back again undertook a six day voyage from its home port around the tip of Sweden to Stockholm, where its presence serves as a tribute to the upcoming Royal Wedding on Saturday, June 19. The Götheborg has also become part of the "Love Stockholm 2010" celebrations, and on Wednesday, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, as well as the Royal Wedding Couple, Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling, had lunch on board the fascinating ship.


The ship will be located at the Skeppsholmen pier and welcomes visits by the general public. On board the ship, historical characters dressed in costumes of the period of the original Götheborg's service will tell guests about the reconstruction of this historical ship as well as the East India Company's amazing place in Swedish history.


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