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“The Festival Of Tall Ships” Sailing Into Pier 15 At The South Street Seaport This Summer

June 13, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

It’s all hands on deck as the El Galeón sails into New York Harbor and the South Street Seaport from July 4 – 12, 2015. 

Hornblower Cruises & Events presents this unique experience aboard an authentic wooden replica of a 16th century ship that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. Surrounded by exciting, family-friendly pier activities, visitors will be able to relive the route of explorer Ponce de Leon aboard this 170-foot ship and explore the exhibition of “San Pelayo” to gain first-hand insight into 16th century Europeon sailing techniques and navigational technology.  El Galeón will be available to the public for daytime tours and private evening events for a limited one week engagement beginning July 4th.

“For one week only, El Galeón is commandeering South Street Seaport which will be a boom to the lower Manhattan community during the busy July 4th period,” said Cameron Clark, Vice President and General Manager of Hornblower New York.  “We are also donating a portion of ticket sales from El Galeón to the South Street Seaport Museum and the New York Harbor School, both staple institutions that represent the best of the maritime industry and its links to New York Harbor and also provide an important piece of history for visitors and its neighbors, including the Museum’s sail training and sea education programs on the Lettie G. Howard.”  

Docked at Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport’s Waterfront Esplanade, El Galeón features three huge masts, seven sails, six decks and crew quarters. Visitors can relive the days of the Buccaneers as they stroll through the spacious main and upper decks, gun deck, quarter deck and Admiral’s room.  The ship is available for daytime tours 9am – 5pm as well as options for evening private events with a capacity of 225 and is a unique venue for business and professional conferences, workshops, educational programs, VIP events, festivals, shows and recreational activities. 

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