16th century navigation exhibit opens at Santa Elena History Center

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Following an exciting port of call in Port Royal by El Galeon, the replica 16th century Spanish ship, and thanks to a grant from Beaufort 300, the Santa Elena History Center is opening a new exhibit titled “A Spanish Galleon’s Voyage.”

Visitors can learn about the preparation and packing of ships that carried hundreds of hopeful settlers and their supplies to the New World during the time of Santa Elena’s founding in 1566. The exhibit includes interpretive panels, video and a model ship donated by a local family.

“This is another exciting, new feature at the Santa Elena History Center,” said Executive Director Megan Meyer. “All ages will enjoy learning about the ships and life at sea as a significant aspect of the 16th century history that occurred around Beaufort.”

The center is at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Top photo: Members of Beaufort 300 and Santa Elena board of directors celebrate the launch of the new exhibit “A Spanish Galleons Voyage.”