The Pool of London echoed with cannon fire on Saturday as a replica 18th-century merchantman ship visited amid Thames-side Anglo-Swedish festivities.
Gotheborg is the first ever replica East India merchant vessel to sail into London and is the only ship like it in the world.
Gotheborg returned to London 262 years after the original ship left for Sweden on a dramatic final voyage that saw The Ship wrecked just outside Gothenburg Harbour as a possible insurance scam.
The merchantman turned round in front of London Bridge before the crew climbed the rigging to release streamers in the colours of the British and Swedish flags.
Gotheborg then returned downstream to West India Dock where it is open to the public until Thursday 31 May.
The ship will pay a final visit to the Pool of London on Saturday 2 June (Tower Bridge lifts at 3.15pm and 3.45pm) before setting off on the final leg of its voyage back to Sweden.
All the crew survived, picked up by the flotilla of small boats that sailed to greet the Gotheborg. Most of the cargo was never salvaged, but claimed on insurance. Swedish historians speculate The Ship was deliberately wrecked as an insurance fraud and believe the Captain and ship's owner sold the cargo in London.
Marine archaeological excavations of the wreck took place from 1986 to 1992. The findings and salvaged remnants of the ship, together with historical records and drawings, were used to guide her recreation.
Work on the replica began in 2002 using traditional materials and craftsmanship. She set sail on 2 October 2005 with an 80-strong crew on a voyage to China, following the traditional trade routes and acting as an ambassador of Swedish culture, trade and enterprise.
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