El Galeón Andalusia, the authentic replica of a ship that traveled Florida’s coasts during the time of St. Augustine’s founding, completed its morning departure from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina this morning, Wednesday, June 17th, and Historic City News photographer Raphael Cosme was there.
Everything went according to plan, with the El Galeón able to catch the late morning tide. The educational vessel that calls St Augustine home part of the year, passed through the Bridge of Lions during its 11:00am opening.
Andalusia is an awe-inspiring 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a Spanish galleon that is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain. Twenty-eight crew members must maneuver more than 9,600 square feet of sail area in the same fashion as 16th century sailors.
El Galeón first arrived in St. Augustine in June 2013 and the city has been designated the ship’s North American home port.
© 2015 Raphael Cosme for Historic City News