SOIC

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Excavations

The first dives to the wreck by the Swedish Underwater Archaeology Society’s Gothenburg group were carried out in December 1984. There was evidently not much left of the ship above the seabed, but they still decided to carry out a marine archaeological survey. The dives took place in July each year from 1986 to 1992. Most of the work was carried out voluntarily by over 200 people.

At the bottom of the sea bed

As the divers cautiously excavated in the seabed sediment, they found parts of the hull and its cargo of porcelain, tea, rattan, pepper, galangal, lead plate, rig details, hull planking, frame-ribs, parts of the ship’s stern and much more.

Once the excavations were finished and the research was complete, much more was known about the ship, her cargo, her voyages, trade with China and Svenska Ostindiska Companiet.

At the same time the amazing idea of creating a replica of the ship was born. And why stop there. An even more giddying thought took hold: why not repeat the voyage to China?

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