Wednesday, June 5, 2013

For this edition of Where am I Wednesday? I'm telling you the answer. However, I still have a grab bag of giveways! For the first person who comments on this blog post and reviews their experience aboard El Galeón- we've got a little something for you.

What: El Galeón
When: Now until July 23, 2013, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. That's right, the stay has been extended!
Where: St. Augustine Municipal Marina
Cost: Adults $15.00, Children $8.00, Children under 5 are free

Maybe you've noticed the 16th century replica Spanish ship sitting in the St. Augustine Municipal Marina as it's difficult to miss! El Galeón has been produced using the same shipbuilding techniques from the 16th century in Spain. It's not based on any particular ship, but is a composite reproduction of many.

El Galeón is currently visiting the City of St. Augustine Marina.
 The building of El Galeón began in 2009 in Punta Umbría "Shady Point". It is part of the Andalusian Huelva province of Spain. The capital of Andalusia and where the most of the galleon's metal was forged is in Seville, Spain. The ship is 170 feet long and weighs 495 tons.

The ship's bell is made in Seville, Spain.

Ship's anchor.

The ship's cannon forged in Andalusia.

Once El Galeón was prepared to set sail, it became the first galeón to cross the Indian Ocean and the Meditteranean Sea. According to the crew, there were too many enemies who posed a danger for Spanish ships to sail those waters in the 16th century. It's first stop in 2010 was Shanghai.

El Galeón has stopped in over 50 ports! This is a map of it's route to date.

           After June 10th, the ship continues its voyage. It's next port of call is New York City.

Toni Wallace enjoyed touring the ship with me!

El Galeón is made of three kinds of wood. Pine, Oak, and Iroko. Iroko is native to Africa, and like teak, it is a very durable material used in ship building.
The ship's floor is made of Iroko wood.

El Galeón has three levels to explore!

Down in the gun deck. El Galeón's present day crew sleeps aboard the ship. They are thankful to have bunk beds unlike their 16th century counter parts who slept in hammocks.
Another picture down in the gun deck.

El Galeón is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration. The exhibits focus on Florida's rich maritime exploration history.

As I walked up to the ship, the people exiting all were excited and I heard many say "That was worth it!". Smiles were seen for miles. This photo is blurred, but the action is apparent as the vistors moved forward intrigued by the on-board movie.
There is something for everyone on board as there are many interactive exhibits.

You can get your picture taken at the helm.

Officer's quarters.

I want to give special thanks to Wade Ross, Enrique Torres, Carl Gill, and all the ship's crew for extending considerable hospitality during my visit.  

Plan your visit aboard El Galeón today, you won't be disappointed!

 Text: Jen Knutson. All pictures by FPAN Outreach Staff.
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