This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. Ferdinand Magellan, admiral of the Spanish Fleet, commanded a small armada of five ships to sail around the world for the first time. It took three years, concluding when one of the ships, Victoria, under Captain Elcano completed the circumnavigation in 1522.
Sponsored by Amelia River Cruises and Charters and the Amelia Island Convention & Visitor Bureau, this floating museum of Spanish maritime history will be on display until Dec. 5.
This replica of Trinidad was built in 2018. With five decks, three masts and four sails, she is a beauty. Depending on the weather, Nao Trinidad will be sailing into the Oasis Marina at Fernandina Beach Harbor today or tomorrow. With tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning the following day.
Tickets will be available on the dock of the Fernandina Beach Harbor located at the foot of Centre Street in the city’s historic downtown, or at NaoTrinidad.org. Prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children between 5 and 12 years old. Family tickets are $35 (includes up to two adults and three kids). Children under 5 are free.