Spain sets sails for Pensacola

By Troy Moon - PNJ

The Spanish tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano will visit Pensacola in June as part of the city's ongoing 450th anniversary celebration.

The four-masted Elcano, an 82-year-old schooner used by the Spanish Navy to train midshipmen, will dock in Pensacola June 3-9. It will be open to the public at certain times during the weeklong visit.

While in Pensacola, many of the Elcano's 300 crew members will see some of the city's historical sites, including the location of the Emanuel Point shipwreck in Pensacola Bay, the resting place of a Spanish ship that was part of Don Tristan de Luna's expedition in 1559.

University of West Florida Interim President Judy Bense is the host for the yacht trip to the Emanuel Point shipwreck, which will include a wreath-laying ceremony.


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