BOHUSLÄN – The barren granite

Bohuslän is probably one of the best sailing areas in the world. Thousands of islands, some very big as Orust, some tiny ones. But one thing in common: Harbours in abundance. Natural harbours, and guest harbours commercially run. It is your pick that decide.

Bohuslän is named after the Norwegian medieval castle of Båhus. The ruins you find some 20 km north of Göteborg along the ri

Castle of Bohus

ver Göta Älv, and you could go there with your own boat. Båhuslen was a Norwegian county from around 1050 until the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, when the kingdom of Denmark-Norway lost this area as well as Skåneland to Sweden.

Today, few people think of this, but the accent spoken, reveals a Norwegian heritage. Of course, the accent varies a lot, but has a common base in Norwegian. Continue reading BOHUSLÄN – The barren granite

SAILING SHIP GÖTEBORG

The replica of the 18th century sailing ship Göteborg was out for sale last spring. The foundation which was running the project could only keep it until the end of the year. Funds were running out.
The ship was ready in 1984, and made its maiden voyage to China. The original ship made its maiden voyage in 1739, destination China. She sunk at entrance to the harbour of Göteborg in 1745 after her third long voyage to and from China. The condition the day she sunk were good, she had an expeinced pilot. There were early speculations whether it was on purpose or not. Insurance money? But a more likely explanation was a phenomenon called stillwater. Fresh water from the outgoing river forms a top layer making the navigation difficult.
But now an agreement has been made with major interests of the city to manage to keep it in Göteborg, and a lot of keen people can relax. Funds have been raised for some ten years to come. Amongst funders you can find Volvo, Stena Line and the harbour of Göteborg.
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