The historic tall ship BARK EUROPE was damaged after falling over in dry dock while trying to get her back in the water in Cape Town, South Africa last week. The full extent of the damage is being assessed, making it difficult to determine when sailing operations can resume. The next scheduled departure in June could be affected by the accident. The crew is actively working to address and resolve the situation, while the necessary steps to proceed are still being considered.
Dating back to its construction in 1911 at the Stülcken shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, the EUROPE is known for its winter expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula. The ship has undergone significant changes and transformations over time, including an extensive renovation and remodeling process in the Netherlands in 1986. Currently based in Scheveningen, The Hague, The Netherlands, the ship offers space for 48 trainees and 16 crew members to participate in deck activities and receive instruction in sailing the ship. The future voyages of the BARK EUROPE are uncertain while the operator assesses the damage and determines the necessary repairs, but they are committed to getting the ship fully operational as soon as possible.
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