The replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world and survive the greatest adventure in the maritime history
April 10th 2017. The Nao Victoria, replica of the ship that was the first to travel around the world will arrive to the town of Cowes, where she will be open to public from April 20th to 25th so that visitors can get to know her extraordinary story. The Nao will be moored at Trinity Landing, off The Parade in Cowes.
She is an historical replica of the first ship that successfully circumnavigated the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano in the 16th century. Almost 500 years ago (1519- 1522) one of the greatest maritime adventures of all time was accomplished. One of the biggest acts of maritime history carried out by Spanish sailors who managed to sail all around the world and discovered the planet’s real dimensions. One of the 243 members of the crew of the expedition was an English man: Maestre Andrés, born in Bristol. He was serving as lombardero (artillery soldier) and died in the Philippine islands during the expedition, on May 9th, 1521.
By visiting Cowes this emblematic vessel puts the town on the vast map of ports all around the world, that she has already visited since her construction. Between 2004 and 2006 she made her own particular journey around the world, stopping in 17 countries and visiting the United States. She is already making a tour of several European ports by visiting some of the ports in England, France, Holland, Germany and Belgium, becoming the first ship of her kind to have performed similar voyages.
The Nao will be open to public in Cowes between 20th and 25th April. During the visit to this 27-meters-long and 7-meters-wide wooden vessel –a masterpiece of Spanish marine carpentry–, visitors will get to know the ship’s amazing history, forms, details, operation and the life of Spanish seamen. In the hold they also get to experience the real life of the crew members who still travel the world on board this unique ship.
Tickets can be purchased on-board at the pier or here.
Fundación Nao Victoria
Soledad Gea: +44 7873 426145