El Galeon is here: Tall ship sails into Wilmington

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El Galeon arrives in Wilmington Friday night. Photo by Hannah Leyva, Port City Daily
El Galeon arrives in Wilmington Friday night. Photo by Hannah Leyva, Port City Daily

The long-awaited Spanish replica galleon that will grace Wilmington’s waterfront for the next two weeks arrived Friday night, met by crowds at the Riverwalk near the Port City Marina and against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.

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El Galeon beats the sunset - barely - as the tall ship arrives at the newly opened Port City Marina for a two-week stay. Photo by Hannah Leyva, Port City Daily
El Galeon beats the sunset – barely – as the tall ship arrives at the newly opened Port City Marina for a two-week stay. Photo by Hannah Leyva, Port City Daily

El Galeon will be open for public tours until Aug. 23. The six-deck ship is 170 feet tall and is an authentic replica of the wooden, 495-ton vessel that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. It 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. Online tickets are available here.

Click here for tips on where to park this weekend and how to get around, as the Riverwalk will be bustling with El Galeon’s arrival and the annual Port City Rib Fest.

Want to know more about the Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust and the Spanish ship’s history? Click here for Port City Daily reporter Hilary Snow’s story.