Baton Rouge to host Spanish sailing cargo vessel

May 3, 2017 by  

El Galeon, a full-scale reconstruction of a Spanish galleon from the 16th Century, recently sailed into Baton Rouge and is currently residing at the USS KIDD Veteran Museum.

The ship is three masts tall and is owned and operated by a Spanish non-profit organization, the Nao Victoria Foundation.

The ship was built in 2009, measures 125 feet tall by 170 feet long, and has a weight of 495 tons. Captain Manuel Murube commands the ship and there are 17 members of the crew. The ship originally came to the United States in 2013 from Spain in celebration of the 500th birthday of Florida.

The vessel began its voyage in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and this is the first port of call in Louisiana.

The project manager for El Galeon, Fernando Viota, commented that visiting this ship is a unique experience. Once on the ship, passengers can feel like they are travelling back in time 500 years to when the New World was discovered.

Visitors will be able to tour the five decks of El Galeon until this Sunday, May 7, between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. The cost of admission is $5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12, and $10 for adults.

Most likely brochures are available for visitors with more detailed information about the ship, its history, and its upcoming travel schedule.