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|Namesake:||Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747)|
|Builder:||H. C. Stülcken & Sohn, Hamburg, Germany|
|Out of service:||1977|
|Operator:||Reederij Bark EUROPA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands|
|Identification:||IMO number: 8951932
Call Sign: PDZS
|Type:||three-masted steel barque|
|Length:||55 m (180 ft)|
|Beam:||7.5 m (25 ft)|
|Height:||33 m (108 ft)|
|Draught:||3.9 m (13 ft)|
|Installed power:||2×365 HP Caterpillar 6-cyl. Diesel|
|Propulsion:||Sail; auxiliary Diesel engine|
|Sail plan:||30 sails (incl. 6 studding sails; 1,250 m2 (13,500 sq ft) sail area|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)|
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 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.
The barque is currently sailing a circumnavigation together with two other Dutch tall ships, Tecla and Oosterschelde. They are sailing from South Africa to Mauritius, Australia and New Zealand. From there they prepare themselves for a new cape horn rounding (October - December 2013). In May 2014 the barque will be back in the Netherlands.
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Europa sailing in front of Table Mountain, South Africa
Europa in a shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa