Friday, April 1, 2016

El Galeón returns to Saint Augustine, her home port

El Galeón, Saint Augustine’s own authentic replica of the ship Pedro Menendez traveled to coast of Florida over 450 years ago, has returned to her St. Augustine home this morning, its North American home port. She is docking at the city's Municipal Marina.  Here are the facts:

  • She  is a huge 170-foot, 495-ton amazingly authentic wooden replica of Span’s famous galleons.
  • She is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain.
  • She has Twenty-eight crew members must maneuver more than 9,600 square feet of sail area in the same fashion as 16th century sailors.
  • She first arrived in St. Augustine in June 2013 and has been back on multiple trips. During its departures, the ship has visited ports along the east coast including New York City and was used in the making of the television series Crossbones on location in Puerto Rico.

The first ship like El Galéon to arrive in St. Augustine was the flagship of founder Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Named the San Pelayo, the 650-ton ship, one of the most powerful ships of its day, carried 800 colonists and supplies to St. Augustine, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the United States in 1565.

During its approximate two-week stay,  El Galeón will be open for tours and tickets may be purchased at the ship at the Municipal Marina, 100 Avenida Menendez.

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