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El Galeon to Set Sail Friday, Leaving Ocean City After Month Long Stay

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Spanish ship El Galeon Andalucia prepares to leave Ocean City on Friday after a month-long stay Spanish ship El Galeon Andalucia prepares to leave Ocean City on Friday after a month-long stay
 OCEAN CITY, Md. - After more than a month's stay in Ocean City, the Galeon Andalucia will depart the resort town early Friday morning. The 16th century vessel is expected to then head 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 to the National Air, Sea, and Space Foundation, El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe.  She is the only galeón class vessel sailing the open seas today.

The 170-foot-long vessel docked at the bayside pier between Third and Fourth streets, allowing visitors to tour the hull and speak with members of the all-Spanish crew.

According to 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, organizers say 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."

Organizers say the ship is expected to depart around sunrise as early as 6:15 a.m. Friday. They say anyone wishing to watch the vessel depart Maryland's eastern shore, they should plan to be near the inlet and bay no later than 6:00 a.m. Friday morning. Organizers say the departure window for the vessel is based on weather and tidal conditions. They Galeon Andalucia is expected to be underway between 6:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Friday.

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