Newburyport, MA a city rich with maritime history, is excited to host Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón from May 25th – 30th, and we can thank the Custom House Maritime Museum for helping facilitate this special visit. The arrival of El Galeón is expected on Wednesday the 25th between 2-3 PM and will be accompanied by the Coast Guard. She will come up through Cape Ann and into the Merrimack River offering spectacular viewing opportunities.
Come welcome her to Newburyport’s waterfront and help start a new Newburyport tradition! As El Galeón passes, The American Yacht Club will fire a salute to welcome El Galeón to Newburyport. Captain Rosario Fernandez will ring the ships bell to return the salute, and the crew will sound their bosun whistles from up in the ship’s sails. This is a wonderful opportunity to partake in the start of a Newburyport tradition. All are invited to participate by sounding their bosun whistles. You can purchase these beautiful copper and brass bosun whistle souvenirs at the Custom House gift shop for just $6.
There are many festivities that will take place during the Maritime Days celebration including: general public tours, student tours, Pirate Night Costume Party, Flamenco Evening (sold out), Breakfast on a Tall Ship and the Children’s Pirate Party! Tickets to tour Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón can be purchased online or at the Custom House gift shop. General public tour tickets will also be available at the waterfront kiosk but we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible, as this exciting event is expected to bring large crowds to Newburyport.
Whether you are local to the Newburyport area or just planning a visit, this is a special experience that you don’t want to miss. Come tour Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón and we highly recommend a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum as well.
If you enjoy our maritime history and would like to help support the Custom House efforts, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card online or this weekend outside on the back lawn of the Custom House. The VIP Card allows you to enjoy discounts EVERY TIME you visit 180 participating Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops and $10 of your $25 card purchase will help support the Custom House Maritime Museum.