3rd largest tall ship visits Port Canaveral

Boat part of celebration of 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida

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The Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - One of the world's largest tall ships will be at Port Canaveral for the next two days as part of Florida's Viva 500 celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing on Florida's east coast.

The Juan Sebastian de Elcano, a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy, will be open for public tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Cruise Terminal 3 on the south side of the port.

The 370-feet-long, four-masted steel schooner is believed to be the third-largest tall ship in the world.

It is scheduled to come through the port channel Wednesday morning and can be viewed from Jetty Park.

The de Elcano will join the Galeon Andalucia, a 162-foot-long wooden replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon, which is docked in the Cove area for a 12-day stay that ends Sunday.

The de Elcano is scheduled to pass behind the Galeon Andalucia for a photo opportunity.

Tours of the de Elcano are free.

The visits are organized by National Air, Sea and Space Foundation. Bryan Lilley, the foundation's chairman, said Port Canaveral is the only port in Florida to have both ships in port at the same time.

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