To mark the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing, the 16th century replica ship El Galeón will be docked at Pier 84 on the Hudson River from July 29th through August 22, where visitors are welcome on board.
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The tour takes 30 minutes (approx.)
The Spanish ship’s voyage took it to four ports on the Atlantic Coast of La Florida – Miami, Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine – before sailing into the Hudson River to dock at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park in front of the Intrepid.
About the Ship
El Galeón is a 170-foot, 495-ton, detailed wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. During the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, it will cover more than 3500 nautical miles with 28 crew members aboard, maneuvering more than 9,600 square feet of sail area, asit was done in the 16th Century. The ship is owned by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville,Spain.
El Galeón began its historic Viva Florida 500 Voyage in Spain and stopped in Puerto Rico, where Ponce de Leónonce 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.
Note that the following dates have changes to the regular visitor schedule
July 29: 10:00am- 5:00pm
August 1: 10:00am-12:30pm
August 7: 10:00am-5:00pm
August 8: 10:00am-12:30pm