After more than a month’s stay in Ocean City, the Galeon Andalucia will be departing the resort early on Friday, September 5. With a sunrise departure planned for as early as 6:15 a.m., the 16th century vessel is expected to begin its journey to the Baltimore area.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the event,” commented Special Events Director Frank Miller. “The El Galeon offers a unique draw to our residents and visitors. Having the opportunity to tour the only Galeon class vessel sailing the open seas today while visiting Ocean City, its boardwalk and beach is a rare experience.”
According organizers from the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation, several thousand visitors stepped aboard the ship during the five week stay in Ocean City. “Although final numbers are not available, it was a well-attended experience with thousands of tickets sold,” Miller continued. “Locals and tourists from as far as Canada and a handful from abroad, with ages ranging from 3-years-old to 102, toured the Spanish vessel, so it was clearly an event for all ages.”
Along with the regular admission, the tall ship hosted several school groups from the lower shore during the past several weeks. “The ability to open the ship to school groups had several benefits,” Miller finished. “The students had an opportunity to step back in time, meet and interact with members of the Spanish crew, and complete special projects custom-designed for the Galleon by the teachers which made the visit fun and educational.”
If you wish to watch the vessel depart Maryland’s eastern shore, plan to be near the inlet and bay no later than 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. The departure window is based on weather and tidal conditions so the Galeon Andalucia is expected to be underway between 6:15am and 7:30am.
To view more information or to check the ships schedule, please visit: http://www.tallshipevent.com/Home_Page.html.