Tall ships…..

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June 26, 2013 by Last Star blog

Tall ships…..

When we arrived in St Augustine we recognized that one of the boats “was not like the others”.

030It seems that the El Galeon from Spain is here on a tour for a 500 year anniversary of the arrival of Ponce de Leon; here’s a link on Facebook for the ship.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.558222130885462.1073741830.243610149013330&type=1.   

We decided to make the tour the next day as this seemed pretty cool.  We tried to get an early start to beat the thunderstorms and the heat.  The ship is about 170 feet long, draws 20 feet of water, could hold over 200 people and was just a monster for the era.  The guy who took the tickets was funny and indicated that the tour was self guided and that the sauna and “hot yoga” was below decks and no extra charge.  He was a nice guy and a school teacher from Orlando who was volunteering to be on the ship and assist for the summer.

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up the rigging

up the rigging

Looking aft

Looking aft

The steering thingy...note cheesy hats and swords for $10 photo op so Crew can go downtown and booze it up

The steering thingy…note cheesy hats and swords for $10 photo op so Crew can go downtown and booze it up

Galley wench and the Captain

Galley wench and the Captain

One of the cannons seen from the outside

One of the cannons seen from the outside

Cole checking out the bow

Cole checking out the bow

More rigging shots

More rigging shots

owww my neck!

owww my neck!

one of the cannons

one of the cannons

The ship is currently so popular here that it extended its stay through 9 July and is in negotiations to return to St Augustine and make it its home port.  You can also see the ship in some Captain Morgan’s Rum commercials on youtube.

Oh and the mandatory cat shot to keep up our ratings…..

he crawled into a storage area with the cushion removed....cooler?  Who knows what they are thinking

he crawled into a storage area with the cushion removed….cooler? Who knows what they are thinking

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