Ever wonder what’s the actual design of a Galleon Ship used in the 17th century to export goods from country to country? If so, then you might want to visit Galleon Andalucia and have this once in a lifetime experience to witness the replica of a ship used by the galleon traders to ship materials and goods, taking the Manila-Acapulco route.
The Galleon Andalucia is currently docked near Pier 1 in Cebu at the back of Malacañang sa Sugbo which is a stone throw away from Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia. The Galleon Andalucia is a large ship, 51 meters in length, 3.40 meters draft (vertical distance between a point on the waterline and the baseline or keel), with six decks designed by Ignacio Fernandez Vidal. It was supported and built by the Nao Victoria Foundation and Junta de Andalucía, where the name of the Galleon got its second name – “Andalucia”.
The predominant material of Galleon Andalucia is oak, iroko and pine. Even though it’s only a replica, the Spanish want to ensure safety to the ship which is why they coated the body with fiberglass to avoid tremor against punishing waves and wind during sailing.
Before the Galleon Andalucia arrived in Cebu last Wednesday, October 13, 2010, it docked in Manila Pier for a week which also got numerous visitors because of its historical value and the once in a blue moon experience.
In Cebu, the Galleon Andalucia was warmly welcomed by the people, headed by the city local government, stating that Cebu and Spain have a very good trade relationship. The Galleon Andalucia will be staying in Cebu from October 13-24 before it will leave for Bohol.
The Galleon Andalucia targets to dock in 8 different countries this year and seeks to remind people of the importance of the gelleon trade and what it has contributed to the world.
The Galleon Andalucia, also known as the Galleon Andalucia – Sevilla (a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural centre; the capital of bullfighting in Spain) – has several cannons in each side. Because the ship was used for commerce, pirates during those times were rampant. To avoid getting pirates in a nearby area, the galleon ship used the cannons to fire at these enemies.
There are Spanish navigators (in history, was known as Conquistadors) who will guide you inside the Galleon Andalucia. A number of policemen are on duty to ensure safety. You can visit the Galleon Andalucia from 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm every day until it leaves for Bohol.