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Party with the Pirates aboard El Galeón Andalucía in Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Are your children obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Are you hooked on the NBC series Crossbones that stars John Malkovich as Blackbeard? Do you long to talk like a pirate more than one day out of the year? If so, then El Galeón Andalucía, docked in Ocean City. MD from August 1 – September 1, 2014, invites you to step back in time and imagine the Golden Age of Pirates.

Best of all, El Galeón Andalucía was featured in Crossbones; now fans can walk her decks. El Galeón will be docked bayside at 3rd street and Chicago Avenue in Ocean City, Maryland and will be open to visitors August 1 – September 1, 2014 from 10:00 am until 6:00pm each day.

Travel back in time 500 years when you step onboard the magnificent El Galeón Andalucía, and experience first-hand what it was like explore the World in the 16th century. El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century fabled 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 galeón class vessel was an ocean going ship type that evolved from the carrack in the second half of 16th century. Galeóns were constructed from oak, pine and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hundreds of expert tradesmen, including carpenters, blacksmiths, shipwrights and pitch-melters worked day and night for months to make a galeón seaworthy.

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation


Due to the long periods spent at sea and poor conditions on board, many of the crew perished during the voyage; therefore advanced rigging systems were developed so that the vessel could be sailed by a smaller crew.

On one special night, you can “Party with the Pirates” aboard the El Galeón Andalucía during a VIP event. Appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be served during this rare chance for the public to experience El Galeón in the evening and enjoy the sunset onboard. Meet the Captain and crew and hear in their own words what it is like to sail on El Galeón. Learn about the vessel and its history from the perspective of those who sail on it. $75.00 per person.

Save 25% when you purchase your general admission tickets online in advance. Print-at-home or if you don’t have a printer, place your tickets in will-call and lock in the savings.

El Galeón Andalucía
Ocean City, MD
August 1 – September 1, 2014
10:00 am until 6:00pm

Party w/ the Pirates
Onboard VIP Event
August 29th, 2014
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
$75.00 per person plus amusement tax and $1.00 fee

For more information including ticket purchase options, visit: http://www.tallshipevent.com/Ocean_City.html

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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine July 4 Tall Ship Tours

Image Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Pride of Baltimore II, a replica armed schooner from the War of 1812 will be docked at Fort McHenry during the July 4th weekend. Learn how Baltimore’s armed schooners wreaked havoc on British merchant ships during the War of 1812 resulting in the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.

Free deck tours led by expert sailors from the crew will give insight into 19-Century maritime life and what it takes to sail Pride II today.

Pride II will be making various ports-of-call around the Chesapeake Bay this year – but this weekend you get a “Two for one” deal by seeing Pride II and Fort McHenry.

Hours for free deck tours:
July 4 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 6 9:00 a.m. – 1:00
July 5 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 -5:30 p.m.

On July 5th arrive at 4:30 and tour Pride II and then walk up to the fort for the military tattoo ceremony starting at 6:00 p.m. This Free ceremony will feature the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps, Continental Color Guard and U.S. Army Drill Team.
http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm