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Ship sailed from Spain for Tall Ship Celebration

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The ships at the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City traveled from all across the world.

The El Galeon Andalucia sailed from Spain for the festival.

"We have a great chance to come here because we're making history. We're the first ship, Spanish tall ship sailing around these waters. For us, it's unbelievable," said Boeco Buano, crewman aboard the ship.

The ship is different than many of the other vessels because it is a replica of a 16th to 17th century galleon, which is a type of Spanish vessel originally used to establish trade routes between Spain and America.

To many who see the massive ship for the first time it may look like something else.

"A lot of people say we are pirates, but we look like pirates. But we're only sailors at the moment. Who knows in the future," Buano said.

Even if it looks like a pirate ship, the El Galeon is used for cargo. It is the largest ship at the festival and the cannons below the deck are a major attraction for visitors.

The ship has a crew of 21 members who sailed for 27 days to get to the festival in Bay City.

For Buano, he said it's all just part of the life for a sailor.

"It doesn't matter if you came from Spain or come from Toronto, you are sailing and when you are sailing you forget everything. This kind of ship, this kind of life, we love it. We are made for it," he said.

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