16th century Galeón coming to NYC is a replica, but the history is rich and real

El Galeon will pay a visit to New York begining July 5. It's a replica of a 16th century Spanish vessel.

El Galeon will pay a visit to New York begining July 5. It’s a replica of a 16th century Spanish vessel.

(Hornblower Cruises & Events)

A reconstructed 16th century Spanish ship will add another dimension, albeit for a short time, to a growing, marine-themed district in lower Manhattan.

El Galeón will be moored July 5-12 at New York’s South Street Seaport.

The ship, which has been making its way up the East Coast from Florida, is a full-size replica of a sailing vessel in which Spaniards traveled to ports on both the east and west coasts of Florida in the 1500s.

During daily tours, visitors can learn about early sailing technology as well as the explorers, including Ponce de Leon included, who first visited the New World more than 500 years ago.


The ship boasts six decks, three masts and seven sails.

Tickets cost $15 a person or $45 for a family of four.

El Galeón’s arrival will closely follow a visit by another replica, France’s L’Hermione, which will be in port July 1-4.

Guests to the Seaport can also step aboard several other historic vessels at the South Street Seaport Museum. They include the Lettie G. Howard, one of the few remaining fishing schooners used in the North Atlantic in the late 1800s.

Tour tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children 3-11.

As the maritime district expands, it now offers shopping too. Seaport Studios, which features the work of up and coming fashion designers, opened at 19 Fulton St. on June 19.

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