The ‘Nina’ was built by hand, without using any power tools. According to Archeology Magazine, this ship is “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The ‘Pinta’ was built in Brazil to accompany the ‘Nina’ on all of her travels and Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the 15th century.
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To see a near perfect example of a type of sailing ship-the caravel- of such clean, sculptured, honest design that it was produced for upwards of 125 years. with its Scandinavian style bow and midsection and its combination square and lateen rigging it was probably the best open water sailing vessel of its time- that pivotal time referred to as the ‘ Great Age of Discovery’.
To, in some small way, enter that age, to perhaps get a feeling for Columbus himself, that enigmatic and flawed human being, who, admire or despise him, is one of perhaps only three individuals in all of our long past who, by themselves, for good or ill, personally altered the course of Western history.
To stand on the sloping deck of the Niña, as true a replica as will probably ever be built. It was Columbus’ favorite ship, the one he very nearly died on in 1493, upon which he ultimately logged more than 25,000 miles.
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