The original ship was built during 18 months at s ship yard in Stockholm and it was launched in 1738. The ship was to make three trips to China, but during the inglorious entrance to Gothenburg after a journey of 30 months and with only 900 meters away from the anchorage it sank on September 12, 1745. How this could happen is even now a mystery, but there are plenty of theories. The vessel was standing on the ground and much of the cargo which included tea, porcelain, spices and silk were salvaged.
This ship is a replica of the original and the project started in 1995. The launching took place in 2003 in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf, the ship's patron, Queen Silvia and Prince Carl Philip. On September 3, 2004 the ship was christened by Queen Silvia, the ship's godmother.
On October 2, 2005 the Götheborg left its home port and set sail for China. Sailing became a popular festival where tens of thousands of people had met up to say goodbye to the ship. Hundreds accompanying vessels escorted the ship on departure for China.