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Spanish Sailing Ship El Galeon to Visit Alexandria | Fireman Mike | Old Town Post

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The port city of Alexandria will welcome the full sized reconstructed Spanish sailing Ship El Galeon Andalucia to the docks at Old Town.  The ship will be docked in Alexandria from November 9th through the 14th.  The 16th Century Spanish Galleon tour is heralded as one of the most exciting international nautical events of 2016. The ship is currently in Greenport Village, New York until October 30, 2016.

The El Galeon ia a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. In 2006, The Nao Victoria Fundacion undertook a special project to reconstruct, to scale, a 16th Century Spanish Galleon.  El Galeon was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. The tall ship was designed and developed by Ignacio Fernández Vial at the Punta Umbria shipyard in Huelva, Spain.  El Galeon was launched on November 30th, 2009.  The masts were added at the beginning of 2010.

Spanish Galleons were used primarily for their cargo transporting abilities.  Often times the tall ships were bought and sold by Spanish and English governments during the 1600s and taken over and converted into Pirate ships in the rough Carribean sea waters.

The El Galeon carries an all Spanish crew who is well versed in the history and lore of the ship’s travels from port to port.  The crew lives aboard the ship 24/7.  The ship has sailed the world and has traveled more than 35,000 nautical miles. The American home port for the ship is St. Augustine, Florida.

The ship is open to visitors from 10:00 a.m until 7:00p.m.. Costs to tour the ship is $10 for adult, $5 for children under 12, and free for children under 5 years.  Click on the link to purchase tickets: El Galeon Tour.  The El Galeon tour is a self-guided walking tour of the ship. Once aboard, you are free to roam above and below the decks (5 total), talk to the current crew members (real sailors living on board), and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, historical documents and displays.

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