An authentic replica of a 17th century Spanish Galleon docked at Riverwalk Landing Piers in Yorktown, VA November 2, 2016. This is the first Class A ship, a square-rigged vessel more than 40 meters long, to visit Yorktown since 2005.
The Galleons were used by the Spanish Crown in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries for discovering and establishing trading routes.
The ship is 164 feet long with three masts holding seven sails.
Well, not TOTALLY authentic
The replica has diesel inboard engines as well as GPS
This El Galeon replica was built in 2009-10 by Nao Victoria, a Spanish non-profit foundation. El Galeon can cross the Atlantic in 24 days compared to 3 months when sails provided the only power. When there was no wind, the ship didn't move.
There is a 20 man crew. Raising the sails takes all 20 men three hours.
This ship has sailed over 35,000 nautical miles traveling around the world to keep history alive.
The next two pictures are of Schooner Alliance, a 105' Yorktown-ported ship that is available for charter and cruises in season.