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  Issue No. 2235 Online Edition Friday 24 October 2014 
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Ascension : The tall ship “Baque Europa”
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 24.04.2014 (Article Archived on 08.05.2014)

The tall ship “Baque Europa” arrived in Clarence Bay on Good Friday at 12 noon with 36 crew on board.

 

The tall ship “Baque Europa” arrived in Clarence Bay on Good Friday at 12 noon with 36 crew on board.

The Europa is a steel-hulled barque from in the Netherlands. Originally it was a German lightship, named Senator Brockes and built in 1911 at the H.C. Stülcken & Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Until 1977, it was in use by the German Federal Coast Guard as a lightship on the river Elbe . a Dutchman bought the vessel (or what was left of it) in 1985 and in 1994 she was fully restored as a barque, a three-mast rigged vessel, and retrofitted for special-purpose sail-training.

Europa cruises worldwide and accepts paying voyage crew (trainees) for short or long trip segments, including ocean crossings, Sail Training Association races, and annual voyages to Antarctica, and between South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, and Cape Town.

In 2002 and 2013 she rounded the Cape Horn. In 2010 she participated in Velas Sudamerica 2010, an historical Latin American tour by eleven tall ships to celebrate the bicentennial of the first national governments of Argentina and Chile.[1]

The barque EUROPA is currently sailing a circumnavigation together with two other Dutch tall ships, Tecla and Oosterschelde (which visited us last month). They are sailing from South Africa to Mauritius, Australia and New Zealand. From there they will sail an official Cape Horn rounding (October - December 2013). In June 2014 the EUROPA will complete her circumnavigation by arriving in Amsterdam.

We wish the Barque Europa and her crew fair winds and safe travels!

 

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