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article imageReplica of 17th century Spanish galleon arrives in Maryland

By Anne Sewell     Aug 20, 2013 in World
Ocean City - An exact replica of a late 17th century Spanish galleon, "El Galeón Andalucía", has arrived in Ocean City, Maryland on Tuesday and will be staying in town until September 2 for anyone who wishes to visit.
The impressive galleon was escorted through the inlet and under Route 50 bridge by Capt. Greg Hall of Tow Boat US with the assistance of the Ocean City Fire Department boat.
The Galeón Andalucía has docked at the town's Bayside Pier between 3rd and 4th streets near Chicago Avenue in Ocean City.
The event is being sponsored by the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation and public tours of the ship will be available daily. Tickets can be bought on site, or by visiting www.tallshipevent.com.
The wooden replica of a late 17th century Spanish galleon, "El Galeón Andalucía" measures 162-feet-long, carries 12 cast-iron cannons, can carry seven sails, and boasts a crew of around 40 people.
The Galeón Andalucía was built, and is owned by, the Nao Foundation in Spain and is the only ship of a design from that era sailing today.
Its origins are a class of Spanish merchant ship, which was used mostly from the 15th to the 17th centuries. This is the same type that Magellan sailed on when he first circumnavigated the globe in the early 1500's.
The replica sailed around the world during 2010 and 2011 and participated as the insignia of Andalucía in the 2010 Shanghai Universal Exhibition (China).
El Galeón Andalucía in Haifa port  April 2010
El Galeón Andalucía in Haifa port, April 2010
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