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Bark Europa


Many people who come on board struggle to believe the history of the hull of this classic three-master. The Special purpose sail training ship EUROPA was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of all ages and nationalities, EUROPA is powered by canvas and co-operation.

The crew makes sure the ship operates safely. The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage. The classic romantic bunks are very comfortable. All cabins are provided with ensuite shower and toilet. There are 11 cabins, of which two are 2 person cabins, five are 4-person cabins and four are 6 person cabins. Furthermore the accommodation comprises: a deck lounge with bar, mess room and a library. During most voyages a ships doctor will be preset on board.

Towering above the decks are the 3 lofty masts, of which 2 masts each carrying 6 yards. In a light breeze, a spectator may see the EUROPA with 30 sails bill owing gently, being blown towards the horizon; an image reminiscent of the era of swift clipper ships which carried guests and goods from the Orient round the world.

Deck Plan
Home Port:
Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Length over all:
56 meter
7.4 meter
3.9 meter
33 meter
Max. Sail Area:
1250 m2
2 x 365 pk Caterpillar
Call Sign:
   A. Flying Jib B. Outer Jib C. Inner Jib D. Fore Topmast Staysail   
  E. Foresail / Forecourse F. Fore Lower Topsail G. Fore Upper Topsail H. Fore Topgallant  
  I. Fore Royal J. Fore Skysail K. Main Topmast Staysail L. Main Topgallant Staysail  
  M. Main Royal Staysail N. Main Sail / Main Course O. Main Lower Topsail P. Main Upper Topsail  
  Q. Main Topgallant R. Main Royal S. Main Skysail T. Mizzen Staysail  
  U. Mizzen Top Staysail V. Mizzen Topgallant Staysail W. Mizzen Z. Gaff Topsail  

Life on Board

The Bark EUROPA is registered as a sail training ship and as such you will be mustered as voyage crew. This means that, more so than on a passenger ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and we ask you to join in the watch system. Participating in sailing and running the Bark EUROPA is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours.

Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling. This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms on the Bark EUROPA. Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail like the Bark EUROPA is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.

One hour on board the Bark EUROPA and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book.

The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio. There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower.

An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day. The general meal times on board are:
Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
Lunch: 13:00
Dinner: 19:00
Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00

Baking of bread and cookies is done at night.
At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)


Though the atmosphere on board the Bark EUROPA is very relaxed and there is little hyrarchy there are some offical jobs on board.

Captain (nautical), person or officer usually in command of a ship or similar vessel;

Mate: A Chief Mate (C/M) or Chief Officer, usually also synonymous with the First Mate or First Officer. The chief mate is customarily a watchstander and is in charge of the ship's cargo and deck crew.

Bosun: The Bosun supervises the other unlicensed members of the ship's deck department, and typically is not a watchstander, except on vessels with small crews.

Cook: A cook on board is a person who prepares food for all crew on board.

Cooks Mate: The Cooks right hand.

Deckhand or Ordinary Seaman: An ordinary seaman (OS) is an unlicensed member of the deck department. The position is an apprenticeship to become an able seaman, and has been for centuries. In modern times, an OS is required to work on a ship for a specific amount of time, gaining what is referred to as "sea time." Once a sufficient amount of sea time is acquired, the OS can apply to take a series of courses, and then a series of examinations to become certified as an able seaman.

We do not have any crew openings at the moment. EUROPA only has a small crew and we get new applications every day.

If you already have experience on Tall Ships we look forward to your CV/resume by email. Useful information is: experience, availability, motivation, education/certificates (also non-sailing) and a photograph. We will forward your information to our captains. They will look into your application and get back to you if there are any crew openings.
We recommend you to book a voyage on board as a trainee/guest first. This is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the ship and crew. This makes it easier to estimate how you would experience a several months long stay on board. Of course this is also a good way for captain and crew to get to know you and your skills and talents.
Keep in mind that our crew schedule is made months in advance, so it is not possible to join our professional crew on short notice.