17th-century Spanish galleon to dock in Yorktown

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(Courtesy York County)
(Courtesy York County)

A replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon will sail into Yorktown Wednesday for a six-day port-of-call.

The ship, a three-mast, 500-ton vessel named El Galeon, is slated to dock in Yorktown at Riverwalk Landing piers at 5:30 p.m. and remain through Nov. 8, according to a release. The Schooner Alliance, which calls Yorktown its home port, will escort the galleon to the piers.

Free public deck tours will be available on Nov. 3, 4, 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deck tours will also be available Nov. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a price of $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5-12. Children under four are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the dock or on the ship’s website, www.fundvictoria.org.

El Galeon, built by the Nao Victoria Foundation in 2009 and 2010, replicates a vessel used by the Spanish monarchy to find trade routes among Spain, the Americas and the Philippines between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The ship, whose masts hold seven sails, has logged more than 35,000 nautical miles and visited ports in four continents.

It will be the first Class A ship to make a Yorktown port of call since construction of the docks in 2005.

A Class A ship is a “square-rigged vessel,” and all other vessels measuring more than 40 meters in length overall, the release said.

See the map below to track the ship’s progress: