Sunday, January 5, 2014

Columbus Ship Replicas During Biloxi Stopover

Considered to be the closest replicas to the real thing ever built, the Niña and Pinta Columbus ships operated by The Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands were docked in Biloxi most of last month.  Built in the traditional way in Brazil, both of these ships are full of authentic details on deck, despite the hidden engines and more modern crew accommodations down below.

The Pinta replica is larger than the original, but the Niña is historically accurate, at 65 feet on deck with an 18 foot beam and 7 foot draft.  This is the Niña below:


View of the Pinta from on board the Niña:


The Pinta on deck:


The Niña in profile with Deer Island in the background, just across Biloxi harbor:


More about these ships can be found on the The Columbus Foundation website here.  After leaving Biloxi they were scheduled to haul out for maintenance at Landry Boatworks,  Bayou la Batre, Alabama.  The next port where they will be open for visitors is Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting. We have some Columbus ship replicas here in Corpus Christi, which, unfortunately are rotting away. Only the Nina is still afloat. The Pinta and Santa Maria are on the hard, and are in pretty sad shape.

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  2. I guess they would have a hard time maintaining them if they sit in one place and don't attract enough paying visitors. These two are very well maintained, but they apparently are constantly on the move from port to port where they earn their keep as floating museums.

    You can hire on as crew, cook or maybe even Captain if you want to get out of Texas for awhile!

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