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Nao Trinidad Visit to St. Augustine

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The Nao Trinidad will be in St. Augustine between February 2 and March 31 as part of the 2024 celebration of the relationship between St. Augustine and Avilés, Spain.

Being the flagship of the famous navigator Ferdinand Magellan, the vessel is a 93-foot replica of the Magellan-Elcano Expedition, leading to the first circumnavigation of the Earth and confirming, for the first time, that the Earth is round. The ship boasts three masts and a bowsprit and is constructed of African hardwood and pinewood. While it is docked at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, the floating museum is open for guided and self-guided tours. This includes the ship's four decks, complete with information panels that relate the history of the ship and the experience of Spanish sailors over 500 years ago.

About the Nao Trinidad

The flagship of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, the Nao Trinidad, played a pivotal role in the historic circumnavigation of the world between 1519 and 1522, marking one of the most remarkable maritime achievements in history. This expedition, the first of its kind, not only encircled the globe but also forged new maritime routes, connected diverse continents and oceans, and introduced the expedition members to the cultures and societies they encountered along their epic journey. Their voyage took them through Brazil, Argentina, the Mariana Islands, the Philippine Islands, Indonesia, Brunei, and Timor.

Departing from Seville, Spain, on August 10th, 1519, the Trinidad led a fleet of five ships. Under its guidance, the expedition crossed the Atlantic Ocean, followed the South American coastline, discovered the famed Strait of Magellan, and ventured into the uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean, marking a historic first. Along the way, they reached the Mariana Islands, the Philippines, and the Moluccas, where the fate of the flagship Trinidad took an unexpected turn.

After over two years at sea and thousands of nautical miles covered, the Trinidad suffered a catastrophic hull breach, rendering it incapable of returning to Spain alongside the expedition's sole surviving vessel, the Victoria. The Victoria did manage to complete the First Sailing Around the World a few months later, while the Trinidad faced its most daunting challenges.

Undeterred by the damage, the Trinidad attempted to make its way back to Spain by sailing eastward, with 54 crew members aboard. However, it encountered formidable headwinds and currents that thwarted its progress. Ultimately, the ship was forced to sail northward, reaching the 42nd parallel north, where it narrowly survived a violent storm that nearly led to its destruction. The ship and its crew endured extreme cold, hunger, thirst, and scurvy throughout this ordeal.

After six months of relentless struggle against the elements, the Trinidad reluctantly returned to the Moluccas with only 17 survivors. There, they were met by the Portuguese, who captured the beleaguered crew and abandoned the battered ship in those waters. Exhausted and heavily damaged, the Trinidad met its final demise in those unforgiving seas.


Nao Trinidad Visit to St. Augustine

Operating Times:

Self-Guided Tours offered daily - February 2nd - March 31st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.


45 Min

Booth Location:

St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine, FL 32084