El Galeon Andalucia (as it is referred to in Spain) is a 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet. With information about 16th century European sailing techniques and technology, as well as important Florida history exhibits, El Galeón will tell s 500-year story that stretches back to the arrival of Juan Ponce de León on the eastern shore of Florida. |
The El Galeon tour is a self-guided walking tour of the ship, recently arrived to New London, CT. Once aboard, you are free to roam above and below the five decks, talk to the current crew members (real sailors living on board), and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, historical documents and displays.
Hours of visitation are:
July 30 - August 9: 10am - 6:00pm
Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets through midnight of the day of the event. Day-of tickets are available either through calling the New London Custom House and Maritime museum at 860-447-2501, or by going directly to the museum or to El Galeon.
There is no time limit for your tour, and photos are welcome.
Children 5 and under are free, and small dogs that can be carried are welcome aboard!
The galeón class vessel was an ocean-going ship type that evolved from the carrack in the second half of 16th century. Galeóns were constructed from oak, pine and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hulls were usually carvel-built. Hundreds of expert tradesmen, including carpenters, blacksmiths, shipwrights and pitch-melters worked day and night for months to make a galeon seaworthy. To cover the expense, galeons were often funded by groups of wealthy businessmen who pooled resources for a new ship. Therefore, most galeons were originally consigned for trade, although those captured by rival states were usually put into military service. The most common gun used aboard a galeón was the demi-culverin, although gun sizes up to demi-cannon were possible.
El Galeón was recently featured in the NBC mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard! Since her debut on U.S. television the ship has become well known and has attracted a following during her tour of the East Coast of the United States.
The Missions/Goals of the Nao Victoria Fundacion
The Nao Victoria Foundation relies on a specialized team which unites historians, documentarians and palaeographers. They all have an extensive experience researching Spanish and European archives to find and localize original historical documents, iconography, maps, plans, drawings, etc. from the 16th to the 19th centuries. They have then used these materials as documentary material and research sources, and for educational and out-reach purposes.
In 2006, The Nao Victoria Fundacion undertook a special project to reconstruct, to scale, a 16th-century Spanish Galleon. Since her completion, El Galeon has sailed the world.
The crew of El Galeon, still living aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves daily tours to those interested in feeling under their feet the awe of a 170-foot sailing vessel once used in the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas.
Our goal is to spread the knowledge and experiences of the sailors and explorers from our ancestral past, and the offer the once in a lifetime experience to peer into the hearts of legends past. Feel free to ask our friendly crew members anything that tickles your curiosity while on board, from the historical aspects of the voyages, to their own current lifestyle and maritime travels and tribulations around the high seas of our world
Come share the passion and awe of working and living aboard a legendary vessel to our past!
|Thursday Jul 30, 2015 10:00 AM - Sunday Aug 09, 2015 10:00 AM | $5.00 - $10.00
El Galeon - City Pier, New London Waterfront Park (View)
City Pier, at the foot of State Street, Waterfront Park,
New London , CT 06320
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|