St Augustine Bids Farewell to Spanish Galeon

The beautiful Spanish El Galeón Andalucia returnedel galleon to St. Augustine for the 2014-2015 Annual Nights of Lights Season (November-January) and has stayed docked at the Municipal Marina ever since.

Tours took visitors back in time aboard El Galeón, the breathtaking 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish ship. Spanish Galleons, used primarily for their cargo transporting abilities, were frequently bought and sold by Spanish and English governments during the 1600s, and often taken over and converted into Pirate ships in the rough Caribbean sea waters.

Named Andalucia, it is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. It is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The ship is available for tours from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

 

After a long stay, the massive vessel will set sail north tomorrow, June 15th after a send-off party open to the public just prior to departure in the early am!

The ship will sail to several cities; including, Philadelphia, PA, New York City and Portland but since St Augustine is its home port, it will return in September just in time for all our city’s 450th festivities and events.

We will definitely keep you posted on the exact date as she is a beautiful site to see passing through the Bridge of Lions!

Find out more information regarding the El Galleon and its journey on their website at

http://www.elgaleon.org