Ship Builders to Transport Hurricane Ike Oak for Brig Galveztown Replica Project to Galveston’s Sister City Malaga
 
WHO:              Astilleros Nereo (shipbuilding company), City of Malaga, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and
City of Galveston
 
WHAT:           Live oak timber remaining from the thousands of trees cut down from Hurricane Ike will be used for the Brig Galveztown Replica Project in Galveston’s new Sister City, Malaga, Spain. Galveston’s namesake, Bernardo de Galvez was a native of Malaga. This timber will be loaded into containers to send to Spain.  
 
Malaga, Spain, began planning for the Brig Galveztown Replica Project more than ten years ago when Spain and the City of Malaga launched an effort to educate Malagans, Spaniards and Americans on the historic significance of Bernardo de Galvez, a native of Malaga, and his role during the American Revolution.
 
                        The plan is for Galveztown’s hull to be completed in late 2010, launched and rigged in early 2011. She will sail across the US Gulf Coast including Galveston and St. Augustine and the Atlantic and visit ports in Florida. The vessel will serve as a floating museum on the contributions by Bernardo de Galvez to the American Revolution as well as 18th century navigation, dress, arms and life at sea.
 
Galveztown’s stop in Galveston will be one of the events celebrating Hotel Galvez’ centennial in 2011.
 
                        Astilleros Nereo, a traditional wooden boat and shipyard in Malaga that is designated as a living museum is one of the last yards in Spain that still has the capacity to build large ships out of wood. The owners of the yard, the Sanchez-Guitard family decided that they could contribute to the Galvez research and education effort by building a full-scale replica of Galvez’ brig the Galveztown while showcasing traditional ship building as part of their ongoing programs as a living museum.
 
WHERE:         9228 Seawall Blvd. This is a closed site – Alicia Cahill will need to escort media on premises.
Directions: From 61st Street Exit, left right on 61st Street, go straight to Seawall Blvd, take right to site.
 
On Site Contact:           Lew Laysyone, Cell (318) 613-2730
            Jimmy Belgard, Cell (318) 452-7035
 
Interview Contact:        Renee Adame, Cell (409) 457-4035
(Note: Adame is a member of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez and has traveled to Spain to see the shipbuilding process.
 
WHEN:           Tuesday, June 8, 1 – 5 p.m.
 
WHY:              Galveston’s live oak timbers will be a permanent part of Galveztown honoring the memory and history of the Island’s namesake, Bernardo de Galvez.
 
FOR INFO:     For more information on the Galveztown Replica Project, http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/blog/2008/06/