Mainsail, staysail, foresail, jib, king spoke right up

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Tre Kronor is a newly built wooden brig. The ship’s construction was in every detail inspired by the trading brigs of the mid 19th-century.
She undertook her maiden voyage in the summer of 2008 and meets all modern safety and comfort requirements.
HRH Crown Princess Victoria is the godmother of the ship and follows our journeys and other activities closely.
In 2011, HRH Crown Princess Victoria and the organization behind Briggen Tre Kronor took the first step in the Sustainable Seas Initiative with the aim of striving for a sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. The Sustainable Seas Initiative is today the most important part of the operation of the ship. One important part of this is to engage and encourage young people to work for a sustainable future.

Purpose & Origin

From left to right, Kapitan Glowaki(PL), Morgenster)NL), Christian Radich(NO) and Tre Kronor(SE) Contesting a TURKU race start

During the 19th century the brig was a standard cargo ship. A brig is defined as a two-masted ship carrying yardsails on both masts. The brig was fast and well sailing, but required a large crew for the yardsails. Around the turn of the century the brigs lost in competition against the steamers and the gaffsail schooners, which needed much smaller crew. The last Swedish brig was destroyed in 1959 and today not one original brig survives in Sweden. Thus this replica is being built.

The original ship Gladan was built in 1857 for the Swedish Navy as a transport ship. From 1881 she served as a training ship, and in 1924 she was scrapped. Even though she is long since gone, she is very well documented. That is why the Gladan was chosen as a model for the building project.

Data & Preparations

Just like the old Gladan, the ship will be 35 m long, 8 m wide, and carrying 700 m2 sails on its two masts. She will have a displacement of 350 tons. The total cost is estimated at 23 million SEK (about 3 million USD). Like all replica projects, this ship relies heavily on volunteer work and sponsors. The support society has 850 members, and can be contacted through Sture Haglund.


After studying original drawings and photos, new drawings have been made using a 3D CAD program, Maxsurf Plus from Formation Design Systems. The drawings are made by Gustaf Dillner. The actual building work is made as far as possible with traditional methods and material. However, modern power tools are used and the ship will have a diesel auxiliary engine. 


The building site is on Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden. The keel and stem were laid during the 97-98 winter. In May 1998, 20 strakes are up in position. In 2005 the hull was finished and finally launched, now only the rigging remains to finish.

by Per Åkesson, May 1998, rev 2006

 Completed in 2005

The 16 sails have a total area of 735 square meters. The ship was named by Crown Princess Victoria as Tre Kronor af Stockholm and launched on August 27, 2005. The weight, or displacement, at launch was about 180 tons and fully finished she weighs 325 tons.

Mainsail, staysail, foresail, jib,
king spoke right up
Seven knots on starboard tack,
king spoke right up
All aboard slack on the jib
look out sailors here swings the boom
Boom boom boom. (1)

Edited by EZorrilla.

(1) A song I learned at summer camp.

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