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112-Year-Old Ship Falls Over in Drydock

One sailor was injured during the accident.

The Bark Europa, a 112-year-old tall sailing ship, tipped over while undergoing maintenance in Cape Town, South Africa.

According to the ship’s log, the crew left the ship safely but one sailor was injured during the accident. He’s currently in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

The Bark Europa is still assessing the full extent of the damage to determine how soon it can resume sailing.

The ship currently follows traditional favorable sailing routes, including expeditions to Antarctica, while also competing in tall ship races.

When it was first built in 1911 in Germany, it served as a lightship on the River Elbe. A lightship is a vessel with a tall enough mast to serve as a lighthouse.

In 1986, the Bark Europa was completely renovated in the Netherlands before beginning its new life as a sail training vessel.

It can house 48 trainees and 16 crew members.

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