A REPLICA Spanish galleon ship called “El Galeon” that has been transformed into a floating museum is visiting Southend Pier at the end of May.
Between Wednesday May 24 and 29, the 200ft long ship will be docked at the end of the pier, offering visitors the change to experience a full-size replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon.
These boats were designed and built to hold more cargo than previous ship designs, and El Galeon is credited as the ship that brought the two halves of the world (east and west) together.
Scott Dolling, director for culture and tourism, said: “This really is an exceptional educational experience to learn more about life on a Spanish Galleon and experience aspects of it first-hand, whilst listening to information from the experts.
“It’s a great way to start the half-term holiday or celebrate the late May bank holiday by doing something completely different, as if visiting an award-winning pier isn’t enough of a treat as it is.”
The ship is open to visitors between 10.30am to 7pm, and museum staff in period costume will be aboard, to tell visitors more about life on the ship.
Tickets are on a first come, first served basis and will cost £25 for a family ticket (two adults and three children), £10 per adult, £5 per child (aged five to 12 years) and children under five go free. You will also need to pay the usual pier admission price.
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