There is no other ship in the world that will compel you to say “Arrrrrrgh”, quite like El Galeón. It is huge, it is awesome, and it has made its voyage all the way from Spain for the Viva Florida 500, where it was docked for just a short time in St. Augustine, Florida.
During my visit to America’s Oldest City, I was fortunate enough to catch this majestic vessel before it set sail for New York. This is where I met Ulises Custodio, the ship’s deck hand, diver and translator. He was nice enough to show me around and tell me all about the operations and history of the Galleons.
“Everything you see is exactly the way it was in the 16th century.” -Ulises custodio
The 16th century wooden Spanish Galleon replica is magnificent from hull to mast. At 170′ and 495 tons, it commands your undivided attention, just as ones like it had done some 400 years ago as they traveled the coasts of Florida. These ships were primarily used as merchant ships, and are most widely known as part of the Spanish Treasure fleet.
The detail in the craftsmanship is astounding. This may be the most steady ship in the sea. The opportunity to get on board and speak to Ulises was both fascinating and enriching. I hope this is not the last I see of El Galeón.
El Galeón set to the seas for New York City on July 23 and is currently at Pier 84.
As always your experience, suggestions and questions are enjoyed. Happy fairytale travels!
- El Galeón Sails into New York, Finally! (workingharbor.wordpress.com)