Tall ship’s arrival in Wilmington delayed

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A replica Spanish galleon that was expected to arrive in downtown Wilmington Thursday has been delayed a day due to inclement weather. Photo courtesy Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust.
A replica Spanish galleon that was expected to arrive in downtown Wilmington Thursday has been delayed a day due to inclement weather. Photo courtesy Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust.

The anticipated arrival of a tall ship in downtown Wilmington has been delayed.

Due to some patchy weather the crew of the El Galeon encountered en route from New London, Connecticut Wednesday, the boat is now scheduled to arrive at Port City Marina some time Friday afternoon, Dick Heiser with Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust (WHET) said.

WHET, the local non-profit organization sponsoring the vessel’s visit, had originally announced it would be sailing into port Thursday afternoon.

“While we regret this, we cannot control the weather and safety is first and foremost for the ship and crew,” Heiser noted.

This delay means tours for Thursday and Friday have been canceled. Tickets purchased specifically for Friday will be honored on any other the day the tours are offered. El Galeon will be open for visitors until Aug. 23.

The six-deck ship, while impressive in stature, also serves as a floating museum of sorts, where visitors can get a sense of what life was like aboard a galleon, which were used primarily for their cargo transporting abilities–and often the targets of pirates that traversed the rough Caribbean Sea.

Admission to board the ship is $10 ($5 for children 12 and under). The group rate for youth- and education-centered organizations is $5 per child, with chaperones attending for free.

For more information, email WHET at whetsecretary@gmail.com.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.