The National Air, Sea and Space
Foundation will launch the Nao
Victoria Experience Tall Ship Event on
Fort Myers Beach Thursday, February 13.
Fort Myers Beach is the first stop in a nationwide
tour for the 16th century-era Nao, which
will include other visits to seaports throughout
Florida and the United States. The Tall
Ship Event Tour of Florida is part of the
500th Anniversary Viva Florida Celebration
that commenced in 2013.
The original Nao Victoria was one of five
ships given to Portugese explorer Ferdinand
Magellan to sail around the world. Magellan,
along with 245 other men, set sail from Spain
in 1519. The historic voyage crossed over
32,000 miles, ending three years later with
only 18 of the original crew returning on
the Nao Victoria. Magellan was killed in the
Philippines, leaving Spanish explorer Juan
Sebastian de Elcano to complete the voyage.
From 2004 to 2006, the Nao Victoria
replica retraced some of Magellan's footsteps
while sailing around the world using only 16th
century navigation technology.
The Nao Victoria recently arrived in the
United States from Spain. It is an exact replica
of Ferdinand Magellan's history-making
ship and will be open to the public for tours.
The Nao will be docked at Nervous Nellie's Snug Harbor
Marina from February 13 to March 17 and
will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for
the public to tour.
Additional Florida ports-ofcall
that have been announced to date include
Tampa and Port Canaveral.
In addition to public tours, the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation will host
fourth and fifth grade students during the weekday mornings as part of the Future
Explorers Education Program.
"This is our way of bringing the rich historical experience of a field trip to St.
Augustine here to Fort Myers Beach," said Bryan Lilley, chairman of the foundation.
General admission tickets and express line VIP tickets that also include free use of an
audio guide headset are available for purchase in advance at www.tallshipevent.com. The
foundation is also seeking volunteers to be part of the Nao Victoria Experience team.
Corporate partnerships and Friends of the Foundation memberships offering onboard
experiences for private events are also available. For more information, contact Kate
DeCarlo with the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation at 321-328-7110 or e-mail