El Galeon, a 16th Century Spanish tall ship, is visiting Alexandria from May 25th to May 29th
Step back in time and learn about Spanish sailing history
(May 18th, 2017) — After sailing more than 50,000 nautical miles and visiting dozens of countries, El Galeon, a faithful Spanish galleon replica, will sail again into Alexandria, VA, and dock at the City of Alexandria Marina. The historic three-mast tall ship is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation, a Spanish non-profit organization.
El Galeon visited Alexadria last november 2016, and the city is again one of the ports of call of El Galeón 2017 Tour along the South and East coast of EE.UU (Panama City, Galveston, Baton Rouge, Brunswick, Charleston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Boston) and Canada.
El Galeon will be open for visitors daily from 10 am To 7 pm starting on May 25th, until Memorial Day, May 29th. Her five decks will be available for tour.
Admission cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12. Children five and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on site and on line. School groups are welcomed and invited to tour the ship with advanced arrangement.
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 measures 170-feet long by 125-feet-tall, has a 30-foot beam, weighs 495 tons and draws 10,5 feet of water. The ship is commanded by Capt. Pablo González and 17 crew members who are tasked with maneuvering more than 9,600 square feet of sails in the same fashion as 16th century sailors.
“Visitors on board will explore the history and authentic interiors of a 16th century galleon while experiencing the detailed craftsmanship and grandeur of the vessel”, said Fernando Viota, El Galeon project Manager.
El Galeon originally came to the United States from Spain in 2013 to celebrate Florida’s 500th birthday and has been traveling around the country ever since. The vessel arrives after a 10 days voyage from Santo Domingo, DR. This is the second port of call in town, after a very successful stay last year.