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Columbus' Nina
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Port view of Nina
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Starboard profile of Nina


Year: 1492 AD
Category: Modern
Vessel Type: Merchant Ship
Scale: 1/16" = 1 foot
Overall Length: 72 feet


Plans for these ships were provided by the U.S. Naval Institute and were researched and drafted by Xavier Pastor, a leading maritime historian in Spain.

The Nina and Pinta were Caravels whereas the Santa Maria was classified as a Nao. Nao's were large and cumbersome and problematic whereas Caravels were nimble, were worked with ease, and were preferred by explorers such as Columbus. He did not want the Santa Maria but he pretty much did not have a choice.

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Caravels did not take much draft and could easily sail in shallows whereas deep drafted ships such as Naos oftentimes wrecked on shoals and rocks there.
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Aftcastle area.
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Main deck area.
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1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
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