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Training ship "Jadran" was launched to sea on June the 25th in 1931. It is a sailing vessel with alternative motor power "barcantine" class, 787t of displacement and overall length of 60m, and on the water line 41m. Beam along the main rib is 8.9m, medium draft is 4.35m, main mast height 39.1m. "Jadran" has 12 sails, 4 jibs, 3 gaff sails, 3square sails, 2 gaff top sails, total sailing area of 930m2. Total rope length is 12km. Main engine is "Burmeister" 480hp, so the maximum speed is 12 knots. There are six single, two double and three cabins with four beds, then one cabin with twelve and cabin with thirty beds.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.