Conquistadors on the Hudson

The 164-foot El Galeon, a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon, was docked in Kingston from Aug. 5 to 8 before traveling to New York City on Aug. 9. The ship has 10 cannons on six decks and, when deployed, seven sails and a 33-foot mast. This replica was built in 2009. It traveled the river with its sails up, because there is not enough wind on the river for such a large vessel.

Photographer Ross Corsair followed the ship from Poughkeepsie (in fog) to the Highlands and then Bear Mountain Bridge. “It took some planning,” he says.

The galleon was designed to cross vast oceans, and the El Galeon has navigated the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, crossed the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the South and East China seas, the Aegean Sea, the Bosphoris strait, and the Caribbean Sea. The ships traversed the seas for three centuries.

The Hudson River was its second-to-last stop in the U.S. before it returned to Spain.

Photos by Ross Corsair


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