People on a dike promenade.

"El Galeón" - Sailing ship

The floating museum

"El Galeón" is the replica of the type of vessel used by the Spanish crown for maritime events during the 16th through 18th centuries. These kind of galleons were intended to discover routes for trade, especially between Spain, America and the Philippine Islands. It took three years to research all needed information on how to build an exact replica of the galleon; mainly the shape, measurements and other significant details were important for the construction. After the historical research, it took round about six months for the structural design which was followed by the construction of the galleon. The galleon has been designed and built by Ignacio Fernandez Vial, who is a naval engineer as well as an historian, commissioned by the Nao Victoria Foundation. During construction time, a original as well as innovative technique was used: hull and decks were built up in layers of fiberglass and finally was lined with wood. This was the first time such a method was applied to any ship, which is heavier than 500 tons and meant for ocean sailing. To date, "El Galeón" has navigated the Pacific and Indian Oceans and crossed the Atlantic Ocean as well as completed sailing trips through the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, South and East China Seas, Aegean Sea, Bosporus Strait and the Caribbean Sea. Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers a unique space to perform a diversity of events. "El Galeón" can hold up to 150 guests per event which can explore more than 3.400 square feet on six decks.

Type: Three-masted sailing ship
Owner: Nao Victoria Foundation
Nation: ESP
Length: 49,40 m 
Width: 10,10 m
Draft: 6,00 m 
Sail area: 929 m²
Crew: 15 - 35

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