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El Galeón — Replica of a 16th-Century Spanish Tall Ship Returns to Old Town| Jennifer Holtzman | Old Town Post

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Old Town once again welcomes El Galeón, the Spanish tall ship, to our port city. El Galeón visited last October and was enormously popular on Potomac. The ship is an authentic replica of a 16th-century galleon and will visit our City Dock from Thursday, May 25th until Monday, 29th 2017.

According to the City of Alexandria:

Galleons, used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions from the 16th to 18th centuries, were fabled merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe.

El Galeón, commissioned by the Nao Victoria Foundation, was launched in 2009. The 500-ton, 160-foot long vessel has a 32-foot beam and its four masts hold six sails that measure nearly 11,000 square feet. Converted into a floating museum, five of the vessel’s six decks are available for tours. The vessel carries an all-Spanish crew that lives and breathes the history of the ship and its travels from port to port and in the open sea.

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El Galeón in Alexandria City Marina in 2016 |© Old Town Post

El Galeón will be docked at the City Marina (0 Cameron)
Dates: May 25th – 29th, 2017.
Tours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Tickets: adults: $10 | children ages 5-12: $5 | children under age 5: free.
Social media hashtag: #ElGaleonALX

Visit this link for more information on El Galeón, to watch a video, and to order tickets.

Images of  El Galeón in the open sea from Nao Victoria Foundation

 

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