Storm Thwarts Voyage

MOT Spanish GalleonsThe replica of the Spanish carrack, Nao Victoria, has had to turn back to Almería Port to shelter from the storm that is lashing the Mar de Alborán.

This ship (the original) was the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world as part of the Spanish expedition under the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, which set out on the 10th of August, 1519. Those that remember their History classes will remember that he died during the voyage and it was his second-in-command, Juan Sebastián Elcano, that brought the ship back to Spain, thus completing the circumnavigation.

The present-day Nao Victoria arrived at Almería on the 17th of October and joined the replica of the Galleón Andalucía there, remaining for the duration of the 500th Anniversary of the around-the-world voyage, organised by the Fundación Nao Victoria.

The two ships left Almería on the 28th and sailed for Puerto de Torrevieja where they remained from the 31st of October to the 10th of November. They were then to sail for Malaga. However, they got as far as Almería and called it a day for the moment.

Anyway, once these autumn gales have passed, keep an eye out on the horizon for this splendid ship from the 1500s.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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