You might have found yourself a bit baffled the last time you drove down the Route 50 bridge into Ocean City and saw, out in the water by 3rd street, an enormous 17th century Spanish ship. El Galeon is a replica of a 17th century ship called a galleon, a popular sailing vessel in Spain from the 15th to 17th century, first used for war and later for trade.
If you’ve been in Ocean City sometime in the late summer during the past three years, you might already be familiar with El Galeon–otherwise, it might be a sort of imposing mystery. But once you walk the decks of the big and beautiful ship, the mystery unravels as you read all about the purpose and history of the giant sea craft. Exploring a vessel that’s over 150 feet and resembles an old pirate ship is certainly a unique experience in Ocean City, and one that you’ll want to take advantage of soon–El Galeon is only in town until August 27, and after that you’ll have to wait until it (hopefully!) returns next year.
See the photos below for more information about OC’s favorite touring replica ship.
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