El Galeón is a 170-foot, 495-ton, detailed wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. You might also recognize her from her role in the NBC miniseries “Crossbones,” starring John Malcovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
Docked at Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport’s Waterfront Esplanade, El Galeón features three huge masts, seven sails, six decks and crew quarters. Take a tour and relive the days of the Buccaneers as you walk the spacious main and upper decks, gun deck, quarter deck and visit Admiral’s room.
Tours are 9am – 5pm and cost $15 per person, or $45 for a family pack of four $45. Kids five and under are free. A portion of ticket sales benefit the South Street Seaport Museum & New York Harbor School.are through Hornblower Yachts and Cruises.
On July Fourth only, you’ll be able to see two historic sailing ship replicas at the South Street Seaport. The other is the 18th century frigate Hermione, which brought the Marquis de Lafayette and his troops here to The Colonies to help George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Hermione is open for FREE tours through 4pm on July 4th, when she leaves for her next port of call on an East Coast tour.
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. He also discovered the so-called Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, which celebrates its 450th birthday this summer. Read the article about historic St. Augustine by NYC on the Cheap editor Evelyn Kanter on Shermans Travel.