El Galeón Andalucía is a wooden reproduction of a 16th-century Spanish galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. The Fundación Nao Victoria, the organization behind the ship, worked on the design for five years to ensure an accurate reproduction. Galleons usually had three or four masts, with the two or three forward masts being square-rigged and the aft mast being lateen-rigged. Galleons were built to be ocean-going merchant ships, carrying cargo from Europe to the Americas. When captured by rival states, they were usually put into military service. However, because they were often captured by pirates in the Caribbean, galleons are today synonymous with pirate ships. Galleons were armed; El Galeón Andalucía has ten cannons.
She was launched in 2010 and has sailed around the world, receiving nearly a million visitors in more than 50 ports. El Galeón Andalucíacame to the United States in 2013 on the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, commemorating Juan Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida in 1513. She starred in Crossbones, the tv series about the pirate Blackbeard, this summer. This is her first visit to Baltimore. Captured by: InvelopBoston