Nao Santa Maria Is Underway To Ocean City

A few hours ago the Nao Santa Maria Departed the Delaware city marina and is head down the Delaware Bay.

Ocean City, MD will host the Santa Maria on August 12th to September 5th. According to the Ocean City Town Council who approved her visit with a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Dates are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions. She is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, August 11th. Track her on the vessel finder app. I imagine some folks are keeping track of her and possibly following the journey.

Nao Santa Maria, vessel finder app
Nao Santa Maria position on the vessel finder app

Visitors can purchase Nao Santa Maria tour tickets on the website. There will be daily tours and vendors at the 3rd street park in downtown Ocean City, MD. Ticket prices are Adults $15, Kids $5 (between 5 and 12 years old), Family tickets are $35 (Includes up to two adults and three kids). Under 5 is free.
The Nao Santa Maria replica was built in 2017 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. She is an exact replica of the largest of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492. She sailed the same route as the original Santa Maria from Spain to the Caribbean in 2018. Now she is traveling along our coasts on a education tour.

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Nao Santa Maris headed to Ocean City … phot by Richard King of Port Penn Bait and Tackle

Learn More about the history of the Santa Maria and this replica on their website, Nao Santa Maria.

I’m hoping she hugs the Delaware coast a little today, so we can get pictures from the beach. she will enter Ocean City vis the Ocean City inlet.
Maybe we will get lucky and she makes a stop in Lewes. Last ship we had here was in August 2018, when the Vikings invaded Lewes, in the Draken Harald Hårfagre.

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