“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.” Audrey Heburn – British actress and humanitarian
This past month we have partied like it was 1565, we have hobnobbed with the King and Queen of Spain (well not actually), and yet we have not been on board the El Galeon. Our Spanish culture trifecta and 450th St. Augustine birthday celebration is not complete. With only two days left in port we needed to remedy this pronto!
We walked from Hidden Harbor Marina down King Street to the water front and into the City Marina.
El Galeon is a 170 foot, 495 ton, wooden replica of a galleon ship that was part of the historic Spanish fleet. The boat carries a crew of 22-40 depending on if she is traveling across the ocean or up and down the eastern coast of the US.
Dan and his wife have served as wood workers, cooks and tour guides with the El Galeon crew all summer up and down the eastern seaboard.
The crows nest was used for keeping watch to spot land, other ships and potential hazards. Crows nest are no longer needed today as technology has introduced radar.
Jaye explained how the sails are deployed and how they need “shaking out.”
Traditionally the name of a ship is engraved or cast onto the surface of the ship’s bell. It is also common to include the year of launch. On modern ships you may also find the name of the shipyard that built the vessel. The ships bell was used for safety in foggy conditions but most commonly used to signify watch times.
We are really happy that we took the time to enjoy this special floating gallery. The boat is simply beautiful and the movie shown below decks about her 16 months of creation was very informative, as were all the individual exhibits. All we can say is Viva Espana!