Thursday, December 1, 2022

16th century replica tall ship to go on display this week

WILMINGTON — An important vessel from the age of sail will make its Wilmington debut this Thursday.

A replica of the Nao Trinidad, an early 16th-century exploration vessel, will dock at the London Wharf on Wilmington’s riverwalk and remain there through Sunday, Nov. 20, for tours.

The ship first set sail from Seville, Spain in 1519 to lead a fleet of five across the Atlantic. It sailed along the coast of South America and discovered the Strait of Magellan before becoming the first ship to cross the Pacific.

In 1522, more than two years after it first set sail, a leak prevented the Nao Trinidate from returning home. Only one ship, the Victoria, survived at that point and made it back to Spain. The Victoria was the first ship to sail around the world.

Tours of the ship will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors will see the ship’s four decks and have the opportunity to speak to crew members about sailing on the vessel.

Adult tickets, for people age 12 and up, are $15. Kids tickets are $5 and family packs for two adults and up to three kids are $35.

Tickets can be purchased here or at the dock.

Parking is available in nearby parking decks or on-street meter parking. Patrons can walk to the ship via the riverwalk or Water Street, between Grace and Chestnut streets.


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