Pinta leaving a lock in the Welland Canal, St. Catharines, Ontario
Remember your history? The Pinta was one of the three ships that sailed in 1492 with Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic in search of a shorter route from Spain to India - shorter, that is, than around the Cape of Good Hope.
Of the three famous ships, the Pinta was the fastest. On a typical day, depending on the wind, the Pinta could sail 90 to 100 miles.
This replica is operated by the Christopher Columbus Foundation based in the Virgin Islands. It was built to accompany the Nina, said to be the most historically accurate replica
Nina leaving the same lock as above
of the ship by the same name that sailed with Columbus. The new Nina - built in 1992 celebrating 500 years since the famous trip - is a floating museum.
The Nina and Pinta sail to ports all over the Western Hemisphere, and this summer they are visiting fresh-water ports on the Great Lakes, then down the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Nina leading the way, Pinta following
Each ship is crewed by six or seven people. The ships travel 11 months of the year with only one month in dry dock for repairs.
Alas! There was no Santa Maria traveling through the Welland Canal...at least not the day I was there.
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