The National Air, Sea and Space Foundation is launching the Nao Victoria Experience Tall Ship Event in Fort Myers Beach on February 13th 2014. Fort Myers Beach will be the first stop in a nationwide tour for the 16th century-era Nao.
The Original Nao Victoria was one of five ships given to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to sail around the world. Magellan, along with 245 other men, set sail from Spain in 1519. The historic voyage traveled over 32,000 miles, ending three years later with only 18 of the original crew returning on the Nao Victoria. Magellan was killed in the Philippines, never fully completing the circumnavigation.
From 2004-2006, The Nao Victoria replica retraced some of Magellan’s footsteps while sailing around the world using only 16th century navigation technology.
The Nao Victoria is an exact replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s history-making ship and will be open to the public for tours. The Nao will be docked at Snug Harbor Marina near Nervous Nellie’s Waterfront Restaurant from February 13 to March 17 and will be open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm for the public to tour.
The Nao Victoria will be arriving in grand fashion at Nervous Nellie’s at noon on February 12, 2014. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at www.tallshipevent.com.
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