The Swedish Underwater Archaeology Society in Gothenburg carried out the first dives to the wreck in December 1984. There was evidently not much left of the ship above the seabed, despite this, a marine archaeological investigation was still carried out. The dives took place in July of each year between 1986 and 1992. Over 200 people carried out most of the work voluntarily.
AT THE BOTTOM OF RIVER GÖTA ÄLV
As the divers cautiously excavated into 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 completed, much more was known about the ship, her cargo, the voyages, the trade with China, and the Swedish East India Company. At the same time, the fantastic idea of building a replica of the ship was born. And why stop there? An even more staggering thought took hold: repeating the voyage to China!