Tallship replica Nina - Virgin Islands

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The 1989-built, replica of Christopher Columbus' Nina is seen in this photograph while she was underway in the St. Lawrence Seaway on June 25th, 2000.

In 1986, the Columbus Foundation was formed in the British Virgin Islands to raise money to build the three ships that Christopher Columbus used in his search for the New World. There were no authentic pictures of the Pinta, Niņa or the Santa Maria, and all of the so-called models, replicas, or reproductions that had been built in the past merely represented what some artist, architect, archaeologist or model ship builder thought what they ought to have looked like. The next two years were spent in research. The Niņa, like the Pinta, was a "Caravel" type ship, which was a common trading vessel in use during the Age of Discovery during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register

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