Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden arrived in Stanley of Hong Kong on Friday and visited the Hong Kong Maritime Museum here.
The museum prepared a display including two paintings of 18th century Swedish East Indiamen in China, some porcelain objects and silk typical of Chinese products, and two books recounting the history of the Swedish East India Company.
The princess' visit was sinfonia of a major event at the museum scheduled for 2006, which will be the arrival in Stanley of Goteborg III, a 100 million US dollars replica of an 18th century East Indiaman.
The original ship was wrecked in 1745, in the very closing stage of its third homebound trip with a cargo of zinc, porcelain, tea, silk, ginger, rattan, pepper and some other goods.
Construction work of the replica was started in 1994 and the ship was launched by the King and Queen of Sweden and Prince Philip on Sweden's National Day, June 6 in 2004.
The Goteborg III is to set sail for China in October and will visit Hong Kong at the end of December in 2006.
Princess Victoria has finished her visit to Beijing which began in the middle of September. According to her spokesman, Hong Kong was the last stop of her trip in China.