Columbus' Ships The Nina and The Pinta - ross almers photography

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1492. The original 'Nina', 'Pinta', and 'Santa Maria' used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage across the Atlantic were common trading vessels. The 'Nina' and 'Pinta' were Caravels and were used by explorers during the Age of Discovery. The 'Pinta' returned home and disappeared from history without a trace, but the 'Nina' made the entire First Voyage bringing Columbus safely home. He purchased a half share in her. She was the only vessel in West Indian waters to survive the hurricane of 1495. She was used on Columbus' second and third voyages as well. In all, she logged 25,000 miles under Columbus' command. The replica of the 'Nina' is the first truly historically correct one of a 15th Century Caravel.  The Nina has a sail area of 1919

square feet and the Pinta has a sail area of 4000 square feet. 

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