The Santa Maria replica draws many visitors to the Wilmington Riverfront

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Information panels detail the history of the ship, and guests can talk with the crew to hear how Spanish sailors lived 500 years ago.

One visitor shared why his family wanted to take the tour.

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“How hard and daring it was for, –for those guys to travel the ocean back then,” said Perry Laymon, visitor.

The Santa Maria was initially expected to leave Wilmington on Sunday, but the program director for the vessel says it will now stay until Tuesday, June 15.