Story and photos by Bonnie Alexander

93.6 feet Length on Deck 66 ft

Designers: John Patrick Sarsfield and Jonathan Morton Nance


The original Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria used by Christopher Columbus on his first Voyage across the Atlantic were common trading vessels . The Nina was a Caravel ship. Caravel ships were used by explorers during the Age of Discovery. The Nina was a Columbus favorite ship and logged at least 25,000 miles under Columbus' command.

The replica "Nina" was docked at Memorial Park in down town Sanford and departed on 02/21 on what maybe her last voyage in the U.S. before making her permanent home port in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This vessel was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. With a crew of 5 the ship has continually toured since 1992 as a sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel.