2 Spanish replica ships will stop in St. Augustine

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Two Spanish replica ships will visit northeast Florida during the holiday season.

St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Director Dana Ste. Claire told The St. Augustine Record that the ships reflect the city's 16th and 17th century history.

The replicas of the Nao Victoria and El Galeon have planned separate visits to the city's marina.
The original Nao Victoria was the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. It was part of a Spanish expedition commanded by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who died during the voyage. The replica built in 1992 arrives Dec. 23 and will remain in St. Augustine through Jan. 10, then continue up the East Coast on an educational tour.

El Galeon is a 171-foot-long replica Spanish galleon. It will be in the city from Jan. 4 through July 10.  The ship also visited St. Augustine in May.

St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary in 2015.

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