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Nao Victoria, a welcome visitor!

Victoria (or Nao Victoria, as well as Vittoria) was a Spanish carrack and the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. The Victoria was part of a Spanish expedition commanded by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and after his demise during the voyage, by Juan Sebastián Elcano. The expedition began with five ships but the Victoria was the only ship to complete the voyage. Magellan was killed in the Philippines. This ship, along with the four others, was given to Magellan by King Charles I of Spain. Victoria was named after the church of Santa Maria de la Victoria de Triana, where Magellan took an oath of allegiance to Charles V in order to be granted full access to the Spice Islands. Victoria was an 85 tons ship with a crew of 42.
The four other ships were Trinidad (110 tons, crew 55), San Antonio (120 tons, crew 60), Concepcion (90 tons, crew 45), and Santiago (75 tons, crew 32). Trinidad, Magellan’s flagship, Concepcion, and Santiago were wrecked or scuttled; San Antonio deserted the expedition before the Straits of Magellan and returned to Europe on her own.
Victoria was rated a carrack or nao (ship), as were all the others except Trinidad, which was a caravel.
Click here to read more about this beautiful Nao.

And this is a replica, built in Punta Arenas, Chile, between 2006 and 2009.

5 responses

  1. OHG how did I miss this one, what a totally fantabulous image you two! J'adore the tall sail ships and The Victoria is a beautiful example, one can only imagine the adventures (?) had aboard a ship like this.


    February 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

  2. fantastic image !


    February 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  3. fabulous!


    February 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  4. Wow, I'd love to go on board. The ship looks small (compared to its gigantic mission). Those early explorers and the whole crew must have been brave men.


    February 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

  5. Incredible picture ! Always two hands of water beneath its keel. Please have you all a good weekend.

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    February 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm