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The magnificent tall ship Galeon Andalucia is berthed and open to the public at Whitby Harbour.

A Spanish Galleon is now in Whitby! It will be open to the public each day from Wednesday, July 10th, until Monday, July 15th. This full-size replica of a 17th-century Spanish Galleon, similar to those of the Armada that was famously defeated by Sir Francis Drake in 1588, is waiting to be explored.

Galeón Andalucía arrives in Whitby
Galeón Andalucía arrives in Whitby – Photo by @yorkshirepostcards

Galeon Andalucia is open to the public at Whitby Harbour

These vessels weren’t just fighting ships. They were massive trading vessels that could carry over 1200 tons of cargo. They also accommodated 150 crew plus merchants, servants and families, not forgetting animals (for food!).

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Enormous fleets (sometimes up to 70 ships) would sail in convoy between Spain and the Americas or Asia. They would take supplies to their colonies and return with gold, silver, and precious gems. It was hardly surprising that the ships were armed, as they frequently had to defend against attacks by pirates and foreign nations—including England!

Galeón Andalucía arrives in Whitby
Galeón Andalucía arrives in Whitby – Photo by @yorkshirepostcards

These Spanish galleons linked nations to trade and share cultures between continents. ‘Galeon Andalucia’ was launched in 2009 at Huelva in Spain. The structure used iroko, pine and beech timber, reinforced using a new and innovative technique to ensure her 500-year-old design meets all 21st-century regulations to safely sail the world’s oceans.

Two and a half years in building, with over eight miles of traditional rope to handle her 9,000 square feet of sails, the ship’s spacious six decks accommodate a fascinating range of features and exhibits that provide an interactive ‘floating museum’ and displays showing the history of these magnificent crafts and the age in which they operated.

Galeon Andalucia was built by and is operated by the Spanish maritime heritage Fundacion Nao Victoria. She has sailed more than 70,000 nautical miles worldwide and visited numerous countries.


Opening dates and times

Whitby – 10th – 15th July

Wednesday 10th: 10AM to 1PM and 3PM to 8PM

Thursday 11th: 10AM to 1:30PM and 3:30PM to 8PM

Friday 12th: 10AM to 2:15PM and 4:15PM to 8PM

Saturday 13th: 10AM to 3PM and 5PM to 8PM

Sunday 14th: 10AM to 3:45PM and 5:45PM to 8PM

Monday 15th: 10AM to 4:45PM and 6:45PM to 8PM

Scarborough – 17th – 21st July

There is a small admission charge. There are reduced prices for children and families. Tickets may be purchased at the ship or online in advance from this link.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

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