Spanish Tall Ship Nao Trinidad is scheduled to arrive in Boothbay Harbor on Oct. 11 and port at the town dock off the Whale Park, Commercial Street for tours Oct. 14-16. The ship returned to the East Coast from a Great Lakes summer circuit and comes to the Harbor from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 200-ton, 95’ long Armada del Maluco replica unpacks a lot of history as one of five ships Ferdinand Magellan navigated to the Spice Islands 1519-1522. Maluco was one of only two ships to make it to the islands. Trinidad was commissioned by Fundación Nao Victoria in 2019, 500 years after the original was built, and boasts the original four masts, five sails and five decks. The Great Lakes voyage coincided with the 500th anniversary of the original’s sinking in Indonesia.
The circuit began in Lake Superior at Two Harbors, Minnesota and continued through Marquette, Michigan before catching Sault Ste. Marie, MI between Lakes Superior and Huron. The ship detoured to Midland, Ontario in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay and continued to Detroit before hitting Lake Erie. Other Lake Erie stops were Sandusky and Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. Nao Trinidad stopped off in Lake Ontario’s Rochester, New York before making stops along the St. Lawrence Seaway and Nova Scotia which included Brockville, Ontario; Rimouski, Quebec; and Gaspé, Quebec.
“So far it has been a successful tour where we received more than 42,000 visitors,” Captain Marcos Samper said in a press release.
Fundación Nao Victoria is a nonprofit based in Seville, Spain which builds replicas of the country’s historical Galleon ships. Its fleet includes Nao Victoria, El Galeón and Nao Santa Maria and all have sailed the world to promote their histories. The Nao Santa Maria ported twice in Boothbay Harbor in recent years.
After Boothbay Harbor, Nao Trinidad will stop in Portland; Plymouth, Massachusetts; Bristol, Rhode Island; Greenport, New York; Wilmington, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida and will end its voyage in San Juan, Puerto Rico before winter sets in.
Tickets for touring the ship are $15 for adults, $5 for children and $35 for families and will be available at the gangway, but can be purchased online ahead of time at www.naotrinidad.org. Opening times will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.