Santa Eulàlia Schooner
A hundred-year-old sailboat moored in the port of Barcelona
At Barcelona’s Moll de la Fusta quay you can visit a historic sailboat from 1918 that navigated the Mediterranean and even sailed as far as Cuba. The "Santa Eulàlia" is a schooner that was launched in 1918 and subsequently restored by the Maritime Museum of Barcelona to be an operational vessel. Today, you can climb aboard and learn all about how people sailed a hundred years ago.
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Why visit the Santa Eulàlia schooner?
The "Santa Eulàlia" is a three-masted schooner that was built in 1918 in Torrevieja, Alicante, and is now moored at Moll de la Fusta in the old harbour of Barcelona, where it can be visited every day, except when it is being sailed to promote the museum that restored it: the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.
The vessel was initially launched under the name of "Carmen Flores" and during its almost 80 years of active life it underwent numerous transformations and changed its name several times. From 1928 to 1975 it was a motorsailer, first as "Puerto de Palma" and then as "Cala Sant Vicenç". From 1975, under the name of "Sayremar Uno", it was a diving support vessel until 1997, which is when the Maritime Museum of Barcelona bought it at auction.
The MMB gathered the historical and technical information required to determine what the vessel was originally like and in 1998 work started on the sailboat’s restoration and reconstruction, which required the mast, spars and cordage to be completely replaced. The sailboat was recovered as a working vessel that could once again sail the Mediterranean Sea and be visited at the Moll de la Fusta quay. Since then, it has served as the flagship of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, which rechristened it with the name of Barcelona’s patron saint.
On 28 June 2011 it was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Government of Catalonia.
How do you get to the Santa Eulàlia schooner?
Hop off at the Port Vell stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and cross the Rambla del Mar wooden walkway to Moll de la Fusta.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? The "Santa Eulàlia" schooner is well known to Barcelona’s children because it is how the Three Wise Men and their gifts arrive in the city.
- Local’s tip: If you want to see more jaw-dropping vessels and models, pay a visit to the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.
- A must: To learn about early 20th-century sailing.
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