One of the world's largest tall ships - a scale replica of the 18th century Swedish East Indiaman Gotheborg - is due to berth at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong tomorrow. The 58.5-metre, 1,150-tonne, three-masted ship is about 100 nautical miles east of Hong Kong, after spending the past three months in mainland waters, berthing at Guangzhou and Shanghai. The original Gotheborg made three expeditions to China in the 18th century, taking on a cargo of tea, porcelain, textiles and medicinal plants. She foundered off her home port of Gotheborg in 1745 after completing her third and final voyage to Canton - a journey lasting 30 months. It is unclear why it ran aground during homecoming celebrations. Only part of the cargo was salvaged at the time, but the proceeds from the sale paid for the loss of the ship and left a huge profit. 'It could have been a drunken pilot or could have been insurance fraud,' the vice-president of Svenska Ostindiska Companiet, Danerik Hagglund, said. The non-profit organisation SOIC - set up to manage the Gotheborg project - took on the name of the company that owned the original ship, the Swedish East India Company. The idea of building a sea-going replica took hold in 1986 during the excavation of the Gotheborg wreck 241 years after the ship sank. 'It is all about endurance, stubbornness and sacrifice ... a group of people who had sacrificed their careers in other companies to realise this dream,' Mr Hagglund said. It took 100 people 10 years to build the replica. She set sail from Sweden in October last year and has docked in Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia.