Spanish galleon makes last stop in U.S.
The 170-foot long Spanish galleon replica, El Galeon, will be making her final stop in North America in Kingston before crossing the Atlantic back to Spain.
El Galeon will be open to the public for deck tours from Aug. 5 through Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, at the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s waterfront, 50 Rondout Landing,
Kingston. Tickets are $10, adults, and $5 ages 11 to 5; free, ages 4 and younger. Tickets may be purchased online —https://www.fundacionnaovictoria.org/tickets/el-galeon-kingston-ny/ — or at the docks (purchasing advance tickets online is strongly recommended).
El Galeón Andelucía is a replica Spanish galleon, owned by the Fundación Nao Victoria and completed in 2009. The tall ship is a floating museum with more than 3,400 square feet of deck space filled with exhibits for visitors to explore. Galleons were armed merchant vessels employed by the Spanish crown from the 16th through 18th centuries. Galleons sailed around the world, exploring, establishing trade routes, and connecting Spain, the Americas, and the Philippines. These vessels made up Spain’s West Indies Fleet and had overall tonnages ranging from 500 to 1,200 tons, and overall lengths ranging from 130 to 200 feet.
El Galeón is the product of three years of archival research into the size, details, and measures of galleons. The structural design process took six months, and construction of the vessel lasted 17 months. She was launched in Huelva, Spain, in November 2009. El Galeón is 164 feet long, with a 33-foot beam, 10.5-foot draft and 500-ton gross tonnage. Since her launching, she has travelled the world, sailing more than 48,000 nautical miles through the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
Kingston is one of El Galeón’s last stops in the United States before heading back to Spain for the foreseeable future. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this amazing sailing ship.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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