The Nao Victoria Foundation and the Galveston Historical Foundation invite the public to step back in time and learn about Spanish sailing history
After sailing more than 50,000 nautical miles and visiting dozens of countries, El Galeon, a faithful Spanish galleon replica, will sail into Galveston and dock at Texas Seaport Museum next week. The historic three-mast tall ship is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation, a Spanish non-profit organization.
El Galeon will be open for visitors daily from 10 am To 7 pm* starting on April 8th, until April 16th (*Saturday April 8th open to visits from 10 am to 5.30 pm). Her five decks will be available for tour.
Admission cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12. Children five and under accompanied by an adult are free. Tickets can be purchased on site and on line. School groups are welcomed and invited to tour the ship with advanced arrangements.
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 11 feet of water. The ship is commanded by Capt. Manuel Murube, and maneuvered by 17 Spanish crewmembers.
“It is a unique experience! When you step on board the ship it’s like traveling back in time 500 years to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the New World” 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 and the crew will be sailing back to Spain after this summer after 4 years in America.
The vessel arrives after a 3 days voyage from Panamá City (FL). This is the first port of call in town and in Texas.