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When El Galeón, a replica of a ship that traveled the coasts of Florida 500 years ago, sailed into Matanzas Bay on May 21, plans were for it to remain for two weeks before it departed for more ports to the north. But last week, city officials successfully negotiated an extension to the ship’s presence in St. Augustine until July 23 and initiated discussions that may have the ship adopt the city as its North America home port.
Docked at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, El Galéon is open daily for tours offering visitors the opportunity to step back into time as they walk the decks and wander through the ships quarters. The ship is open to the public daily from 9:00am until 6:00pm at the Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children to age 12, and free for children 5 and under.
Tickets are available through the Saint Augustine Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains outlets in St. Augustine, including the location at the City of St. Augustine Municipal Marina where the ship is located. Although ticket are no longer available online, tickets previously purchased online or at the ticket booths will be honored.
El Galeón, a 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a Spanish galleon, is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain. Twenty-eight crew members must maneuver more than 9,600 square feet of sail area in the same fashion as 16th century sailors. In all, the El Galeón will cover more than 900 nautical miles on its voyage, one that began in Spain, then San Juan, Puerto Rico, finally journeying to and up the east coast of Florida.
The first ship like El Galéon to arrive in St. Augustine was the flagship of founder Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Named the San Pelayo, the 650-ton ship, one of the most powerful ships of its day, carried 800 colonists and supplies to St. Augustine, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the United States in 1565.
The interest in having the ship based out of St. Augustine was largely driven by the community support and the robust attendance by visitors, as well as the natural fit to have a ship representing a key element of the city’s history such a prominent part of the cityscape.
For more information about El Galéon, visit www.staugustine-450.com.