The Barque Viking was built in 1907 by Burmeister & Wain in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was originally built to be used as a training ship for sailors for the rapidly growing Danish merchant fleet. At that time, seaworthiness and cargo capacity were given top priority. One day in July of 1909 the captain recorded in the ship's log a speed record, 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) while carrying a full cargo of wheat from Australia. There are only ten four-masted barques in existence and only five of these still sail.
She came permanently to Gothenburg/Göteborg, Sweden in 1950 as a home for different shipping institutions and later as a school of seamanship. Today she is moored in the Göteborg guest harbour as hotel Barken Viking. The owner is Liseberg amusement park.