ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- You can expect to see the 16th century replica of El Galeón in the St. Augustine marina a little while longer. City leaders have decided to extend it's stay in part because of its success.
For history buffs like Tom and Rosemary Hamilton, it is a must see.
"When unique things come to town we always try to come down and see them," said Tom Hamilton.
City leaders say the ship is attracting many curious tourists like the Hamiltons and in turn pumping money into the local economy.
Since the attraction opened on May 23, about 6,000 visitors have seen El Galeón docked at the St. Augustine marina.
The initial plan was for it to run through June 9, but according to city leaders its popularity is one of the reasons they have decided to keep it for another week.
"Visitors have been coming in droves," said Dana Ste. Claire, director of the 450th Commemoration.
Glenn Hastings with the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council said for St. Augustine to get the ship the city promised the Fundación NAO Victoria, the organization in charge of El Galeón, at least $50,000 in ticket sales.
"We pretty much met our obligations with the ship in the first week," said Hastings.
According to Hastings, the first $100,000 in ticket sales will go to the foundation and everything after that goes back to the county.
So the longer the ship stays, the better it is for the city.
"We like the history of St. Augustine, and this goes right along with that," said Rosemary Hamilton.
According to Hastings, ticket sales have reached about $130,000 so far. City leaders hope to have a better idea of how much money it generated once El Galeón leaves the St. Augustine marina around June 16.