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VEGA GAMLEBY


Vessel stats

Class B
Nationality Sweden
Year Built 1909
Rig Topsail Schooner 3

Specification


  • Name: VEGA GAMLEBY
  • Class: B
  • Nationality: Sweden
  • Year built: 1909
  • Home port: Gamleby
  • Rig: Topsail Schooner 3
  • Height: 26.30 m
  • Length: 30.00 m
  • Entered by: Rederiakiebolaget Vega

About


  • Areas of operation: Northern Europe, Baltic
  • Number of trainees: 30
  • Number of permanent crew: 12
  • Berth types: Bunks, Cabins, Mixed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Operational language(s) on board: English, Swedish
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes

Tall ship races and regattas


Biography


Vega Gamleby was built in 1909 in Viken, Sweden. She has sailed the Baltic Seas for many years up until a motor was built in the ship in 1932. Until 1937, her home ports were Lerberget and Hoganas. Later, she found her hometown in Skarhamn until 1966. After she was bought by director B. Guthenberg, she left the west coast and was put into work as a transporter of Stockholm transport supplies to Cape Verde.

She is one of the last remaining traditionally built wooden vessels that transported merchandise and supplies along the Swedish coast up until the middle of the 20th century. After losing economic interest, the Vega was destined to be broken down at Finnboda shipyard in Stockholm in 1985. Fortunately, she was saved at the very last minute by Egil Bergstrom, where a huge restoration project had begun. Egil saw the importance of preserving these magnificent vessels and passing the cultural heritage on to future generations.