Captain Hook Has Nothing on El Galeón, See the 16th Century Majestic Ocean Vessel

Photo by Fundacionnaovictoria.org

Photo by Fundacionnaovictoria.org

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.

El Galeon in St. Augustine Photo by: Christa Thompson

El Galeon in St. Augustine Photo by: Christa Thompson

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

El Galeon in St. Augustine Photo by: Christa Thompson

El Galeon in St. Augustine Photo by: Christa Thompson

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!


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

8 Comments on this post

  1. Reblogged this on My Weekender.

  2. Was there any booty aboard? Aaargh.

    Christopher De Voss / Reply
  3. AAAAARGH of delight! I adore the sight of ships!

    deshipley / Reply
  4. That is a nice replica of a boat. I wonder if there are some cannon on the side of EL Galeon since some of the galleon ships have cannon. I tried to visit the site and it took me sometime to translate it to English language. But it is really cool that they travel the ship to educate some people about the beauty of this 16th century ship.

    Belinda J / Reply
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