Popular movies, like those in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, give viewers the impression that seafarers during the Golden Age of Pirates traveled the oceans in massive ships with ample cabins. Nearly 200 years earlier, in 1492, the reality was much different. When I first saw replicas of the Niña and Pinta, I was alternately appalled and amazed that discoverers set off in uncharted waters in such small crafts.
Now you can view the Niña, the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Niña and Pinta, are set to dock at CBMM in St. Michaels this May 10 – 18, with boarding opportunities available daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily for unscheduled, self-guided tours. Tickets include tours of both ships and will be available upon boarding at $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5-16, with children 4 and under free. Museum admission is an additional cost for non-CBMM members.
The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. It is an exact replica and was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools before her 1991 launch. The Pinta, an authentic reproduction of Christopher Columbus’ ship, was launched in 2005 in Valenca, Brazil.
Both ships tour together as a sailing museum dedicated to educating the public and school children. On board exhibits highlight the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, how the ships were built, and a taste of what life was like more than 500 years ago.
For More information:
The Columbus Foundation: http://thenina.com/index.html
The CBMM: http://www.cbmm.org/