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Dutch crewman blogs on “Swedish Ship Götheborg’s Blog”

August 19, 2010

Follow the adventures of crewman no. 41, Marvin from Amsterdam, who has been blogging from the Götheborg in English at swedishshipgotheborg.wordpress.com from 16th August 2010.

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He said,

” For two weeks I have been anxious as a little boy to finally board the ship. I am not a sailor at all, but a chance to be like Jack Sparrow is one that should be taken.”

Don’t expect too many posts though. There is sailing to do!

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Götheborg t-shirt in flooded Jakarta (Feb 2007)

April 26, 2007

I just discovered Amreta Sidik’s blog after responding to an invitation – Amreta was one of the Swedish embassy staff from Indonesia who volunteered to help out during the Götheborg layover in Singapore.

To my dismay, she got caught in the terrible floods in Jakarta, Indonesia that we had heard so much news about in February. But there she was, perched on her roof, drinking coffee in her Götheborg t-shirt. A veteran of a few floods, she was taking it calmly.

“The water started to ‘invade’ our house on Thursday night, and that it would go up until (at least) 1.60 meters inside the house (and about 2 meters outside) was quite unexpected. It happened very quickly, and certainly the electricity was cut off very soon after. …The water went up and up and up.”

Earlier she had looked down from her balcony to see the neighbourhood responding quickly; weren’t they great? Certainly the sort of folk you want on your ship in tough seas!

“…people ‘swimming’ in the flood, we could only see their heads above the water. Turned out they’re guys from our neighborhood, working very hard hand-in-hand to put ropes along the streets so that people can hang on them since the current in that particular junction (just below our balcony) was very strong.”

She did lose a lot of her books. But what did she say? “I think this is a big lesson in letting go.”

I’m so glad you’re strong, Amreta; stay cheerful!

Read the complete account “The February Flood.” By Amreta Sidik. Amreta’s Site, 05 Feb 2007.

Götheborg off Marina Beach, Chennai

January 31, 2007

Photo by Rajesh RajooThe Götheborg has made a few jaws drop at Marina Beach in Chennai India, including that of blogger Rajesh Rajoo who took this photo!

I have had the privilege of feeling the sand in my toes on this very beach a few years ago and the sight of an ancient-looking ship offshore must be lovely!

The captain reports that the voyage there was a relatively calm and even the sun was kind; I suppose especially in comparison to the stormy HK to Singapore leg!

Blogging from the Götheborg

January 29, 2007

“Heading west in the trades!” By Björn. Björns sida, 22 Jan 2007.

“Sitting on gun-deck after a beautiul morning-watch. Took a reef in the fore top-sail, and sorted out some mistakes made by another watch when they reefed the main top-sail. It’s not hard to understand what you’re doing out here a morning like this. While reefing the fore top-sail, we could see the biolumnicensce created by dolphins playing in the bow wave. Later, alone on the main top yard, 30 meters over the sea, the sun was rising over an untouched horizon. …”

Björn’s blogging in English for her international audience – read on…

Singaporeans remember the Götheborg

January 29, 2007

My friends sent me off at Changi Airport in the wee hours of the morning of 6th December 2006 when I left to join the ship in Hong Kong, and then hailed me at Vivocity on 31 Jan.

They expressed a heart-warming interest in the Götheborg and her inner workings during the guiding sessions I conducted in the first week of January 2007. And certainly stole the heart of the crew when they said “you have a lovely ship”.

Some of them blogged about their experience:

Friends who blogged:

  • “Bon voyage Siva!” By Lekowala. lekowala! 05 Dec 2006
  • “Welcoming the Gotheborg.” By Alvin’s Wong, Alvin’s spiel, 09 Jan 2007.
  • “The Swedish Ship Gotheborg in Singapore!” By Veron. sparklette.net, 08 Jan 2007
  • “Gotheborg, the East Indiaman from Sweden.” By LingtheMerciless. theadventuresoflingthemerciless, 08 Jan 2007 (see also her artistic, annotated gallery; requires Kodak Easy Share sign-in).
  • “Boarding the Gotheborg.” Alvin’s spiel, 09 Jan 2007.
  • “Gotheborg = Yo Ta Bo Ri.” By Jen. The Blog Site of Adrian and Jennifer, 12 Jan 2007
  • “Big boat.” By Mr Budak. The annotated budak, 01 Jan 2007.

In the first week of January, I was surprised that there was only the odd photo and casual remark in the blogsphere. It was simply a time lag for the search enginbes to catch up – numerous dedicated photo albums and blog posts have since emerged – it’s heart-warming to see Singaporeans remember the Götheborg!

Some of the links here:

Singaporeans who blogged:

  • “Gotheborg To Visit Singapore.” By the Beautiful Singapore Team. Beautiful Singapore, ?26 Dec 2006
  • “On board Götheborg.” By parka. Parka Blogs, 31 Dec 2006.
  • “VivoCity Virgins: Part II – The Götheborg.” By Shafiee. xtremehighvoltage.blogspot.com, 01 Jan 2007; “Singapore + Sweden = Friendship.” Juriah. By 01 Jan 2007
  • “Gotheborg In Singapore!” By Suaidah. Suaidah’s Site, 01 Jan 2007.
  • “The Gotheborg.” By sunnyray. SunnySideOfLife, 01 Jan 2007
  • “The 3rd. Cinco Meses.” By Java Kueen. Java Kueen, 03 Jan 2007.
  • “Give me again,… the lad that’s gone.” By berylma. pebbles and stones…., 04 Jan 2007.
  • “East Indiaman Götheborg is here in Singapore!!” By Chee Tiong. YoungJedi, 11 Jan 2007.
  • “Ship Ahoy! Blimey, is that the Gotheborg I see?” By Olivia Choong. I just don’t know what to do with myself!, 06 Jan 2007.
  • “Weekends getaway.” By Diyanah. Its all about the four letter word, 08 Jan 2007
  • “The Swedish Ship-Gotheborg at Vivo City.” By Laine Tan. its my world, my life, 19 Jan 2007Photo album.
  • “Gotheborg.” By Prince of Darkness. Petsha West, 20 Jan 2007.
  • “On board the East Indiaman Gotheborg.” By klearcolours. Dying since the day I was born, 23 Jan 2007.
  • “20070114” By shirleensmx [was involved in catering]. empty apartment here, 14 Jan 2007.
  • “Farewell To Gotherborg @ Vivo City Singapore.” By the Beautiful Singapore team. Beautiful Singapore, 15 Jan 2007.

Singaporeans posted lovely photo albums:

  • “Gotheborg.” By Lisa Hee. chromodynamics at large. 07 Jan 2007Album
  • “Gotheborg” By urbangear. A Dose of Mike’s Life, 02 Jan 2007
  • “The Swedish Ship Gotheborg.” By Daniel Hii. Fotopic, 06 Jan 2007blog post.
  • “GotheBorg.” By Calvin. De’Switch aka Calvin’s Photos, 09 Jan 2007.
  • “Gotheborg.” By weelyboleh. weely’s Site, 15 Jan 2007 [black & white photos].
  • “Photography: Swedish Ship, Gotheborg.” By William. A day in the life of a Be@rbrick, 15 Jan 2007
  • “Breath taking sunset.” By Siew Chin. Chinova, 20 Jan 2007
  • “Gotheborg – From the harbour.” By lastboltnut. ClupSnap Photography Forums, 25 Jan 2007.

Sailing in to Vivocity!

December 30, 2006

Parka was at Vivocity on the 30th when we sailed in, and he captures his first impressions on his blog. Its loaded with great photos – hop over for a look!

Kids cheering the Götheberg