Galeón Andalucía- a replica of the Spanish Galleons of old – visits Maasin City, Southern Leyte as part of the 1st Dia de Galeon Festival in the Phillippines.

It is a life-size replica of the Spanish galleons which plied the trade routes between Spanish, Mexican and Philippine ports established in the 17th century.

The body of Galeón Andalucía is a 40-meter fiberglass monohull covered with iroko and pine wood – a great naval engineering challenge in design and technology.

The galleon measures 55 meters long, 10.10 meters wide, with a height reaching 40 meters. She has 4 masts and 7 sails (930 sq. m. total sail area) and has a total crew of 40.

Galeón Andalucía has 6 decks, noble area (4 cabins, bathroom, Admiral’s room and a balcony) and personnel areas (kitchen, holds, crew members quarters) and function areas.

Constructed by the Fundacion Nao Victoria of Seville, Spain, Galeón Andalucía is on a round-the-world trip primarily for science-based research as well as for trade & economic, historical, cultural and tourism promotional objectives.

It left Spain on on March 1, 2010 and has called on the main ports of European countries in the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Malta, Israel), Red Sea (Egypt), Indian Ocean (Sri Lanka) and China Sea (Shanghai, Hong Kong).

In the Philippines, it first visited Manila, then Cebu, Bohol and Maasin.

It dropped anchor at the Port of Maasin November 2 and departed November 7 for Singapore, after a brief 3-hour stop-over at nearby historic Limasawa Island.

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