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Europa was launched in Hamburg in 1911. Her construction had been ordered by the city of Hamburg for use as a lightship. In the seventies, she was bought by a German from Rendsburg and spent years lying at rest waiting to find out if a new owner had the financial means to pay for her costly face/lift. In 1986 she was bought by a Dutchman. The gutting and reconstruction of the barque Europa took eight years to complete.

In the years since 1994, when she recommenced sailing, Europa has become famous among tall ship lovers as a ship which really sails. The crew of 16 professional seafarers tries to involved the guests or voyage crew as much as possible in running and sailing the ship. With the motto “anything you may, nothing you must”, the ship is sailed together with the help of the guests or voyage crew, many of whom have no seafaring experience. They stand watches, take turns steering or as lookout, make up or set sails, bake bread, scrub the decks and practice traditional seafaring/seamanship skills. For a few weeks each year, the ship sails as the training ship of the “Enkhuizer Nautical College” which trains people as mates and captains of coastal and ocean going sailing vessels.

During June, July & August Europa often participates in Tall Ships Races around the world.

From November to March she can be found during the Austral Summer in Antarctic waters, making expeditions starting from Ushuaia, Argentina.


Flag: Netherlands
Rig: Barque
Homeport: The Hague
Sparred Length: 185' - 56 m
LOA: 159' - 48,6 m
LOD: 143' - 43.3 m
LWL: 132' - 39.8 m
Draft: 13' - 3.9 m
Beam: 24' - 7.45 m
Rig height: 109' - 33 m
Freeboard: 4' - 1.25 m
Sail Area: 11,000 square feet
Tons: 303
Hull: steel


Who Sails? International trainees all ages
Program Type: Informal Inhouse Programming
Normal cruising waters: NW Europe and USA/Can (summer), Nov-Mar Antarctica Expeditions (winter)
Season: all year round
Built: 1911
Crew: 16
Contact: Liza de Kurver or Marijke Jaeger
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