EUROPA

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The Bark "Europa" was launched in 1911 as the lightship "Senator Brockes" and served in this role at the mouth of the river Elbe in Germany until the mid 1970's.

After several years laid up she was rescued by Dutchman Harry Smit who restored her and in 1994 she commenced a new life as a traditional 3 masted sailing vessel.

In 2002-2003 she undertook her first Antarctic trip arriving in Ushuaia in December 2002. She promptly left for a trip to South Georgia arriving at Grytviken on 8th December, 2002. She visited King Edward Point before sailing to the Falklands and arrived back in Ushuaia on new year's eve where she is shown berthed at left.

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EUROPABARK 1  2003 (February 11th) Envelope posted King Edward Point, South Georgia. Price US$5

Note: This envelope was posted at King Edward Point in the middle of December, 2002 but not postmarked until February, 2003 when the mail ship, the BAS  "John Clark Ross" was due to collect mail for carrying back to Port Stanley in the Falklands. The envelope is backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 10th March, 2003.

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EUROPABARK 2  2003 (February 11th) Envelope posted King Edward Point, South Georgia. Price US$5

Note: this envelope is similar to the previous one but it has a special Ernest Shackleton cachet rather than the two whale cachets.

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EUROPABARK 3  2003 (February 11th) Envelope posted King Edward Point, South Georgia. Price US$6

The above envelope has been autographed by Captain Klaas Gaastra who commanded the "Europa" during her trip to South Georgia.

Captain Gaastra is in the middle of the photo shown at right which was taken on board the "Europa" at Ushuaia. Captain Robert Vos is the person at far right with Reinoud van den Heyden at left.

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EUROPABARK 4  2003 (February 11th) Envelope posted King Edward Point, South Georgia. Price US$6

The above envelope is autographed by Captain Robert Vos who took over the command of the "Europa" when it arrived back at Ushuaia.  The "Europa" then sailed  across   Drake's Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula  where it visited several Antarctic bases including Port Lockroy on the 20th of January  before once again returning to Ushuaia.

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On the 28th of February "Europa"departed Ushuaia to sail back to Europe via Horta in the Azore Islands.


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