Spanish Tall Ship Nao Trinity is scheduled to arrive in Boothbay Harbor on October 11 and put the port at the city dock off Whale Park, Commercial Street for visits October 14-16. The ship has returned to the East Coast after a summer tour of the Great Lakes and is arriving in port from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 200 tons, 95′ long Armada del Maluco The replica unwraps a lot of history as one of five ships that Ferdinand Magellan sailed to the Spice Islands 1519-1522. maluco was one of only two ships to visit the islands. Trinity 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 trip to the Great Lakes coincided with the 500th anniversary of the sinking of the original in Indonesia.
The circuit began in Lake Superior at Two Harbors, Minnesota and continued through Marquette, Michigan before reaching Sault Ste. Marie, MI between Lakes Superior and Huron. The ship detoured to Midland, Ontario in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron and continued to Detroit before touching Lake Erie. Other Lake Erie stops were Sandusky and Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. Nao Trinidad stopped in Rochester, NY on Lake Ontario 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 have received over 42,000 visitors,” captain Marcos Samper said in a press release.
Fundación Nao Victoria is a non-profit organization based in Seville, Spain that builds replicas of the country’s historic Galleon ships. Its fleet includes Nao-Victoria, El Galleon and Nao Santa Maria and all have traveled the world to promote their stories. The Nao Santa Maria worn twice in Boothbay Harbor in recent years.
After the port of Boothbay, Nao Trinity will stop in Portland; Plymouth, Massachusetts; Bristol, Rhode Island; Greenport, New York; Wilmington, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida and will end its journey in San Juan, Puerto Rico before winter sets in.
Tickets to tour the ship are $15 for adults, $5 for children and $35 for families and will be available at the bridge, but can be purchased online in advance at www.naotrinidad.org. Opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.