Monday, January 01, 2007
New Year Visitor
Well, we missed the fireworks on the eve, but we made up for it when went on board the East Indiaman Gotheborg 3.
The reconstructed 17th century Swedish ship in 2003... more than 250 year after it ran aground off the Swedish west coast of Gothenburg Harbour in 1745 was a magnificent replica, given only salvaged remains and no drawings to make the reconstruction that much harder and such an astonishing achievement.
Today, the first day of 2007, it is docked at VivoCity to welcome well-wishes from Singapore on board... with a ticket entry of course.
S$10 for adults and S$5 for children under 12. With "The Friends of IKEA" membership card, we got to go on board for a mere S$5.00 only. 50% off for me and free my son. Yes!
This was the second ship to call at the Harbourfront Bay in a span of a few months. The last one was the 1914 MV Doulos from Texas USA - the World's Floating Bookshop in November 2006.
Yes, yes, Wifey was not with us for the outing.
She whisked us out of the house so that she can have a quiet recuperation from her bout of flu, without her 2 "children" making too much noise around the house.
Like all die-hard tourists that I am, I splurged about S$60.00 on T-Shirts each for my son and myself and insignia pins for Wifey since there was no snow globes for her collection.
The 1 foot long Gotheborg model ship was too tempting, but at S$90.00 it was just not affordable for me. It would look nice to place the Gotheborg model ship it beside my 1765 Victory British I got from our Mauritius vacation a few years back.
I got an MV Doulus commemorative mug as a souvenir when it docked here. Now proudly sitting amongst the many mugs that I have collected over the years when we toured around the world on our vacations.
The ship's construction was spectacular. Ingenious even during that time. Equally impressive were the shipmates' spirits who volunteered to braved the rough stormy seas for months while making the historic journey.
Heard their stories of bad weather that made everybody sea-sick and unwell for sometime despite their tough endurance and will, out in the open sea for months.
4 of the crew members are Singaporeans, fortunate enough to trace back the ancient sea trail to journey from Sweden, to China and back which would be about 37,000 nautical miles long.
Making stops to several continents along the way... and fortunately enough for us, for them to make Singapore one of their stopovers till 14 January 2007 when they head back to Gothenburg, Sweden in September 2007.
More pictures will be posted, though it started raining while we were on the ship, the wet and slippery deck is nothing as compared to poundings the crew endured during their journey at sea.
A very nice experience to kick off in the new year!