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Galleon at Ramsgate Royal Harbour

The Galeon Andalucía is a replica of a 16th-17th century galleon, the only one in the world that sails in present days.

These ships were the type of vessel used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Galleons were intended to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America, and the Philippines islands, and formed what was then called the “Fleet of the Indies”. For three centuries, these Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic Ocean back and forth, sailed around the Caribbean Sea and the American coasts, and covered the Pacific route as well. They carried plenty of seamen, merchant traders and settlers, while their holds bore the fabulous loads resulting from American and Asian trade.

It took three years to research the main historical and maritime archives in Spain and compile all necessary information about galleons’ shapes, details and measures so that this replica could be built. Essentially, this is a 500 ton galleon, with length overall reaching 160 feet and a beam of 32 feet. Four masts hold 6 sails which measure almost 11,000 square feet. Her average speed is 7 knots. Since her launching, a crew between 15 to 35 people have manned her across the seas and oceans around the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian oceans, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and her wake has spread over the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China seas, the Aegean Sea, the Bosporus strait, the Caribbean Sea and the whole East Coast of the US, covering thousands of nautical miles in an attempt to evoke her ancestors.
Seen here visiting Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour, not my best picture as I lost most of the bow definition against the harbour wall and didn’t use flash but I sorted it with basic editing.


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19 comments

Annemarie said:

A Beautiful image!
13 months ago ( translate )

Stephan Fey said:

Transported back in time.
13 months ago

elvigiadelosamanecer… said:

Preciosa instantánea. Gracias por tu información
13 months ago ( translate )

Rrrolf said:

An impressive ship.
13 months ago ( translate )

Nora Caracci said:

splendid !!!
13 months ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

splendide voilier d'autrefois ! j'aime*********************
belle semaine et soirée mon ami♫
13 months ago ( translate )

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

An amazing ship well photographed, John. All the best, Joe
12 months ago

Misou 49 said:

Belle photo de ce superbe voilier .
12 months ago ( translate )

Marije Aguillo said:

Buena toma con ese magnífico velero.
12 months ago ( translate )

Anton Cruz Carro said:

Impressive and superb galleon. Quite a few cities on the Spanish coasts have reproductions of those intrepid galleons. Near my town, in Santander, there is one. Kind regards, Anton.
12 months ago

Esther said:

What a magnificent ship.
12 months ago ( translate )

Patrick Brandy said:

Majestueux merci pour l'info bonne journée.
11 months ago ( translate )

Eric Desjours said:

An authentic historic monument of a respectable size, magnificently reconstructed.
Thank you for the rich description, John, and the photo, which is still very interesting.
11 months ago

Nicole Merdrignac said:

Superbe photo .
11 months ago

Max Biobauer said:

Ein tolles Schiff!
11 months ago