Christopher Columbus’s ships, the Niña and Pinta are currently touring the US and we were lucky enough for Vero Beach, Florida to be one of their stops. Crowds were thick throughout the whole two weeks the exhibit was in town and it was awesome to see such a large turnout for historic artifacts. I personally love history so seeing many other devoted history buffs in my town was a real thrill.
In 1492, Columbus set out from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic Ocean with three ships, “Niña”, “Pinta”, and “Santa Maria”. After the exciting voyage, the Pinta disappeared without a trace. While only two of these ships are touring, the Niña, the ship that carried Columbus home again, was the most exciting of the two ships. The replica ships were built by hand in Brazil and from building techniques dating back to the 15th century. John Patrick Sarsfield was the mastermind behind recreating these famous ships. It is amazing to think that so many people were packed on these ships for such long voyages, 7 long months for one journey, and in treacherous weather conditions.
Visiting the ships was a pleasure as was seeing a little piece of history in two of the greatest ships in the world. Check out my pictorial post and see how cool it was to witness.
- The ships are covered in pine tar, which is black, as it is a natural water resistant.
- The Santa Maria was not rebuilt by this same method because Columbus was not overly fond of her and she was too big to navigate through the waterways the two smaller ships travel
- The ships were built by 8th generation Portuguese shipwrights and took 20 men and nearly three years for each ship.
- The original number of crew members on the Niña was 24 and the Pinta carried 26.
- Follow the ships voyage on Instagram @ColumbusShips, Twitter @ColumbusShips and Facebook at Columbus Ships