Today, you too can board the Nina and marvel at the little ship that traversed an ocean to bring the explorer to the New World.
The original Nina was a caravel, a small cargo vessel that formally bore the name Santa Clara. Nicknames for ships were common, so the ship was nicknamed Nina, which meant "the girl." She was supposedly Columbus' favorite ship. But it wasn't easy to acquire her.
And most of us know the story well, how Columbus and his men (some say 86, others 89) traversed the waters of the Atlantic and reached what we now know as the Bahamas.
What you might not realize is just how small the ships were.
We think today of enormous cruise liners and aircraft carriers. But docked early this November in Memphis, Nina was dwarfed by the riverboats along the landing.
This incarnation of Nina, by the way, is not the original. That ship was last known to have made a trading voyage in 1501. This little beauty was conceived of by John Patrick Sarsfield in 1988. He utilized the skills of master craftsmen in Brazil, and the little ship set sail in 1991. She was used in the filming of 1492 and has visited more than 300 ports of call.
wall?" (that's a Travers board, which marked the direction of the ship over each four hours, and let the navigator determine where the ship was in the ocean), and "why can't we climb that ladder to the top?" (because of liability issues).
Set sail for the Nina while she's in the waters of our state, and experience a little piece of history.
You can find out more information by visiting the ship's website.
UPDATE 8/26/17: The Columbus Foundation has sent set to sail a second replica ship, The Pinta, and continues to sail them to cities all over the world. Learn more about the mission at TheNina.com.