The El Galeon tall ship sails into New London’s City Pier on Wednesday, July 29th and will feature public tours. El Galeón, a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet, is about to arrive in New London.
The tall ship El Galeón arrives at New London’s City Pier this Wednesday, July 29. She will be open daily to the public for visits between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM from Thursday, July 30 through Monday, August 10. Tickets are $10 for an adult, $5 for children age 12 and younger, and may be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/1978581, at the Custom House Maritime Museum daily between 1 and 5 PM, and on weekends at the kiosk at City Pier between 9 AM and 4 PM. The El Galeon tour is a self-guided walking tour of the ship. Once aboard El Galeón, you are free to roam above and below the decks (5 total), talk to the current crew members (real sailors living on board), and absorb dozens of interactive exhibitions, videos, historical documents and displays.
El Galeón is stopping in New London on her way back to Spain, after spending several months in Florida as a main feature to the City of Saint Augustine’s 450th commemoration.
Downtown New London Association and New London Maritime Society will host a private Party with the Piratesfeaturing the Free Men of the Sea (pirate re-enactors) aboard the historic El Galeón on Thursday, August 6, from 7 to 9 PM; tickets are $30; information is available at nlmaritimesociety.org. The ship also may be rented for your own private event. It is available every evening it is in New London, between 6 and 9 PM; contact Susan at the Maritime Society 860-447-8700 to make arrangements.
In New London, the El Galeón will join the Amistad on Waterfront Park. The two vessels became TV celebrities when “Crossbones” aired on NBC television this spring. The series focused on the life of the infamous pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, played by two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich. Both vessels were used in the production of the program, which was filmed in 2014 in Puerto Rico. The Amistad, docked at the Custom House Pier, also is being sponsored by the City of New London with local host, the New London Maritime Society.
The City of New London and New London Maritime Society are thrilled to bring El Galeón to New London’s Waterfront Park. Come share the passion and awe of working and living aboard a legendary vessel to our past!
The Missions/Goals of the Nao Victoria Fundacion
The Nao Victoria Foundation relies on a specialized team which unites historians, documentalists and palaeographers. They all have an extensive experience researching Spanish and European archives to find and localise original historical documents, iconography, maps, plans, drawings, etc. from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and then use these materials as documentary material or research source, and also 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.
Nao Victoria Fundacion’s 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.