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Replica of Columbus' ship open for tours through May 5

Nao Santa Maria docked at the marinaThe Nao Santa María, a 200-ton replica of the ship on which Christopher Columbus first traveled to North America, arrived in St. Augustine on Tuesday, April 23, and will remain in port at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina through May 5. Self-guided tours are offered, weather permitting, from 10:00am - 7:00pm daily, and include the ship's four decks with panels relating the history of the ship and the experience of Spanish sailors 500 years ago.

At a brief welcome ceremony on the at the marina’s Bayfront Park on Wednesday, April 24, St. Augustine Mayor Tracy Upchurch spoke of the city’s rich history shared with residents and visitors every day. From witnessing historically accurate reenactments to walking tours throughout the city, Mayor Upchurch said that an authentic replica like the Nao Santa Maria helps answer the question of what it like to sail on such a vessel over five centuries ago.

Photo of Mayor Upchurch presenting the St. Augustine flag to Nao Santa Maria captain and crewAt the conclusion of the ceremony, Mayor Upchurch presented the ship’s crew with a flag of the City of St. Augustine and a request that it be flown wherever the ship may be on September 8 of each years, the anniversary of the city’s founding.

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Photo: Displaying a flag of the City of St. Augustine presented to the crew of the Nao Santa Maria are (left to right): Captain Carlos Herrera, Mayor Tracy Upchurch, First Mate and Boson Miguel Talegón, Project Manager Angel Rosa, and Second Mate Pablo Tejada.