The Maritime Museum of Barcelona maintains a group of vessels on the water that allow a first-hand experience of what ships are, how they work and how they are operated. Historical and traditional vessels are living witnesses to maritime culture and history. By keeping them in operation, the Museum preserves our material heritage (the vessel itself and its equipment), as well as immaterial heritage like construction techniques, trades or sailing methods. This is why recuperating and protecting traditional and historic vessels is one of the priorities of the Museum.
Schooner Santa Eulàlia
The first historical vessel recuperated, restored and re-launched by the Museum was the Schooner Santa Eulàlia. With the near-disappearance of the great tall ships that had made up the Catalan fleet in the past, some began to consider the possibility of recuperating a pailebot, a type of schooner typical of the Western Mediterranean that is very representative of coastal trade. With this new acquisition, the Museum took on one of the most significant and difficult challenges in its history: the recuperation and restoration of a great historical tall ship. This project, the first of its kind in Spain, also aimed to be a first step in the recovery of our valuable floating heritage.
The schooner Santa Eulàlia was launched in January 1919 from the beach of Torrevieja. It was a three-masted ship with schooner rigging and the name Carmen Flores. Since then and throughout its life, this ship has undergone several transformations and name changes. From 1928 to 1975, after having a motor installed, it became a motor sailboat with the names Puerto de Palma and Cala San Vicenç. After 1975, with the name Sayremar Uno, it was transformed into an auxiliary sailboat for underwater work, which was what it was used for when the Maritime Museum of Barcelona acquired it in 1997 at public auction.
After gathering historical and technical information that allowed for a close idea of what the ship originally looked like, in 1998 restoration and reconstruction work began, conserving as much of the original ship as was possible. Some parts had to be remade, like the masts and cordage. At the same time, its use as an active ship was planned, so that the restored schooner could be visited in the port and, above all, sailed. Once restored, the schooner was renamed Santa Eulàlia in honour of the co-patroness of the city.
The Santa Eulàlia has become the Museum’s flagship, and is an essential piece in all manner of educational programs and maritime activities for students and citizens. It can be visited at the Moll de la Fusta (Bosch i Alsina) in Barcelona’s Old Port, except when it is out sailing.
On June 28, 2011, it was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Government of Catalonia, making the schooner a first-class national monument.
Current situation: operative.
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Current situation: undergoing repairs and maintenance.
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This is the only surviving example in Catalonia of an auxiliary vessel or llagut de foc (fire boat) used in pesca a l’encesa (fire fishing). This wooden llagut with a lateen sail and oars was built in Roses in 1906 by shipwright Pere Guitart Pujol. It displays the shapes, elements, materials and typical characteristics of this traditional type of Catalan fishing boat. At the end of 2009 its former owners, Vicente García-Delgado Sancho, Dominique Duniau and Ana Ribosa Fornovi, gave it to the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. The Museum keeps Lola in working condition, continuing to preserve it as a piece of floating maritime heritage and using it to promote part of our traditional maritime culture. La Lola is a cataloged property of Catalan cultural heritage (BIC), according to a resolution of February 26, 2009. Current situation: operative.
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