Replica of Spanish Galleon ship to leave Newcastle after being moored on the Quayside


A replica of a historic Spanish ship is set to leave Tyneside following a 12-day visit.

The Galeón Andalucía, owned by the Nao Victoria Foundation, is a faithful reconstruction of a Spanish Galleon. The ships were integral to Spanish exploration and trade in the 16th-18th century.

The 500-tonne vessel, which has three towering masts and seven expansive sails, has been moored on the Quayside in Newcastle since June 25. It is the first time ever that the vessel has sailed into the city.

The Galeón Andalucía has been docked at Spiller's Quay in Newcastle
The Galeón Andalucía has been docked at Spiller's Quay in Newcastle -Credit:@viewsfromabovene

The 160ft long ship, which is filled with historical exhibits, has been described as a "floating museum experience". Visitors have been able to purchase tickets to go onboard and explore all six decks.

Those who have visited, have been able to learn about Spanish naval history and the life of sailors.

The public have been able to visit the unique replica
The public have been able to visit the unique replica -Credit:@viewsfromabovene

The replica, which is located at Spillers Quay, near The Cycle Hub, will be open until 8pm on Sunday before setting sail to another destination.