Temporary attraction expects busy weekend

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Tourists and locals alike are expected to tour an attraction docked in Savannah in droves this weekend.

The El Galeon is a replica of a 17th century Spanish cargo ship. The crew is all from Spain and they said ships just like the El Galeon were bought and sold by the Spanish and English governments in the 1600s.

The ships sailed to Florida and the East Coast of America in colonial times.

The crew said they ships were also often taken over by pirates in the Caribbean Sea.

“It’s just breathtaking,” said Debi Leaks, visiting Savannah from Texas. “You see them in the movies and to see it in person I can’t even think of words to describe it.”

The attraction may close during periods of rain because of concern over slippery decks and stairs.

Patrons can go down below the main deck where there are exhibits about how the ship was built and about the San Palayo, the Spanish vessel that founded St. Augustine Florida, the first city in the United States.

“I’ve traveled to Europe and many places and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Janice Bean, visiting Savannah from Texas. “We were not expecting to see this. This is a plus.”

The El Galeon is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until October 1. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from October 2 to October 4.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under 5 get in free.

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