Jul 272013

El Galeon historic shipVisit an authentic replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon, berthed in the Hudson River through August 18th. El Galeón is a 170-foot, 495-ton, detailed wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet.

The galleon is open to visitors today through Aug 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Pier 84 at 44th Street, just a cannonball throw from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12.  Tickets are available at Circle Line ticket booth on Pier 83 or here.

Some background on El Galeon – She sailed from Spain to the USA during the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, marking the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida in April 1513, covering more than 3500 nautical miles with 28 crew members aboard, maneuvering more than 9,600 square feet of sail area, as it was done in the 16th Century.

El Galeón began its historic Viva Florida 500 Voyage in Spain and stopped in Puerto Rico, where Ponce de León once was governor. The ship’s Florida route was similar to the one Ponce de León sailed 500 years ago, and the crew is using the navigational technology of that era.

Ponce de León’s arrival in Florida in April 1513 marked the beginning of a European presence in what is now the U.S. mainland. He also is credited with discovering the Gulf Stream, which led to development of the early trade routes between Spain and the Americas.


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