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Spanish Navy Tall Ship Docks In Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Spanish tall ship Galeón Andalucía arrived in Ocean City Wednesday morning, docking at the town's Bayside Pier between 3rd and 4th streets near Chicago Avenue.

Spanish explores used vessels, like Galeón Andalucía, to sail across sea and discovery much of the 'new world.' Now, for the first time, Ocean City visitors get to climb onboard and travel back in time: 500 years ago. 

The Galeón Andalucía is a wooden replica of a late-16th century Spanish galleon. The ship measures 162-feet-long, carries 12 cast-iron cannons and boasts a crew of about 25 people.

"The woodwork it is breath-taking," said an Ocean City visitor Shawn Null, who was blown away by the magnitude of the ship. "There's nothing I can say but it is breath-taking."

As the vessel towered over onlookers, faces of grown men lit up, as if they were kids again.

"I am absolutely impressed, just think that they voyaged crossed the ocean in a wooden vessel like that without any of the technologies we have, navigating by the stars," said Kevin Hall, of Ocean City.

The vessel weighs a hefty 500-tons. Thus docking was not easy, according to Event Organizer Bradley Lilley.

The ship was escorted through the inlet and under the Route 50 bridge by Capt. Greg Hall of Tow Boat US. The Ocean City Fire Department boat is also scheduled to assist.

To keep the vessel from drifting away, the town spent $3,000 to make some necessary tweaks to the Bayside Pier.

"If you look at the boardwalk, they tore up several pieces of the boardwalk, and put huge concrete blocks and wood on the bottom of the bay to hold her," said Lilley.

Hall said he will be back, bright and early Thursday for a tour onboard.

"You have to see it up close. It does not do it justice to see it from a distance."

Public tours of the ship will run through Sept. 2. This event is being sponsored by the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation.

Tickets are available on site or by visiting www.tallshipevent.com. Spaces for arts and crafts vendors on 3rd and 4th Streets are still available.

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