The Magellan Project

Retracing the Route 500 Years Later

Join The Adventure!

Welcome Aboard!

The Magellan Project is a geography lesson and historical documentary project in the making. By retracing Magellan’s route in a modern vessel with modern electronics, this journey will provide material for research, education, and public outreach throughout the project and for many years to follow.

A Reality Show with Substance

Follow the Magellan Project and the story of those involved with this sailing research adventure through video episodes, blogging and social media. Even now, you can follow the development of this project in real time. Sign up for the Newsletter or follow the Project Updates.

Community Outreach

The Magellan Project retracing of the original route will also run/coincide with the original calendar dates. Barring unforeseen delays, our modern vessel will arrive at the various ports of call more quickly than did the original expedition vessels. During these in-harbor periods, project logistical support and vessel needs will be addressed. We will also schedule public outreach: attending community meetings and providing presentations involving schools and civic groups to provide an opportunity for promoting historical, educational, and public awareness around this monumental milestone in the world’s geographic history.

Cultural Perspectives

An important part of this project is to highlight the impact of Magellan’s expedition on the nature of the global village we live in today. The project will research unique perspectives, seeking and documenting local public feedback along the route, working to determine what perceived impact by the Magellan expedition there is, or is not.

Education & Research

This project is a non-profit, edutainment platform. With a satellite uplink and real-time, onboard cameras, detailed aspects of the voyage will be recorded and used for education and as a source of research on subjects ranging from geography, history and anthropology to marine ecology, meteorology and navigation. Learn more about the research program by visiting the Research department in the library. A documentary of the project will be produced.

The Scale of Time, Nature & Human Life

The expedition will take place during the same calendar dates as the original and be completed in time to celebrate the original journey’s 500 Year Anniversary of completion in 2022. Much has changed since then, and much has stayed the same. Join us as we compare the past and present, on large scales and small. Please have your curiosity enjoy a stop by our ever-growing, online Ship’s Library.

Real Adventure

Sailors, journalists and researchers with documented blue water experience will have an opportunity to join the crew on various underway legs between ports o’ call. Sponsors, educators and travelers who wish to can visit the crew and take part in outreach and festivities at the various ports. See a list of the ports and projected timeline in the Ports o’ Call section of the Library page.