El Galeón in St. Augustine

el galleonEl Galeón, the authentic replica of a ship that traveled the coast of Florida 500 years ago has returned to St. Augustine, its North American home port, docking at the city’s Municipal Marina. The 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a Spanish galleon, is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain.

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Twenty-eight crew members must maneuver more than 9,600 square feet of sail area in the same fashion as 16th century sailors. The ship is open for tours through April 12 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Admission for the tour is $12 for adults and $6 for children, aged 5-12. Tickets may be purchased at the ship at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina or online.

This beautiful ship is docked at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina at 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.

El Galeon, will sail away and move into Jacksonville waters the following week. Jacksonville has been included as one of the port of call of El Galeon 2016 tour when the tall ship will visit the most important cities of the Eastern Coast and the Great Lakes. The historic three-masted tall ship, is expected to arrive there on April 14th and be open for visitors from Friday April 15th to Wednesday April 20th.

El Galeon is a full-scale reconstruction of the popular 16th Century sailing cargo vessel. Built by the Nao Victoria Foundation in 2009, the ship is 170 feet long and 125 feet tall, has a 30 feet beam, weighs 495 tons and draws 10.5 feet of water. The ship is commanded by Capt. Rosario Fernández Rodríguez and maneuvered by 22 crew members.

When you step on board the ship it’s like traveling 500 years back in time to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the New World” said Fernando Viota, El Galeon project Manager.


For more information regarding the El Galeon’s travels and unique history visit www.fundacionnaovictoria.org