Florida’s 500th Anniversary Celebration: El Galeon Tall Ship Tour

El Galeon at Port Canaveral

El Galeon at Port Canaveral

El Galeon: Front of Ship

El Galeon: Front of Ship

El Galeon: Wooden Deck

El Galeon: Wooden Deck

El Galeon: Wheel

El Galeon: Wheel

El Galeon: Bell

El Galeon: Bell

El Galeon: Admiralty Anchor

El Galeon: Admiralty Anchor

El Galeon: Cannon

El Galeon: Cannon

El Galeon: Crow's Nest Lookout

El Galeon: Crow’s Nest Lookout

First Official Map of Florida (1584). Note Cape Canaveral is already on map.

First Official Map of Florida (1584). Note Cape Canaveral is already on map.

El Galeon Sailing at Sea (from Visitor Movie)

El Galeon Sailing at Sea (from Visitor Movie)

This year 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida (“Land of Flowers”).  In celebration, a replica 16th century Spanish tall ship named El Galeon is stopping at ports along the state’s Atlantic coast.  It is on a path similar to that taken by the explorer.  The ship is currently at Port Canaveral from May 1-12, 2013.  It is a real beauty!  The ship is 170 feet long and weighs 495 tons.  The anchor alone weighs over one ton.  The ship has 6 decks, and 3 masts with 7 sails.  Most striking is the wood, which is found throughout the ship and is gorgeous in scale and detail.  Below deck are interpretive displays.  UPDATE:  This ship will be featured in the NBC TV show “Crossbones”, and will return to port in St. Augustine in 2015 to celebrate the city’s 450th birthday.  More info is at:  https://www.facebook.com/elgaleonandalucia/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Florida’s 500th Anniversary Celebration: El Galeon Tall Ship Tour

  1. Kongo says:

    Wow, Pam, great photos! I love these old ships

  2. elisaruland says:

    Ahoy matey! What a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, and I agree, the woodwork is gorgeous.

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