Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Nina

Zack has taken a recent interest in Christopher Columbus. I'm sure what started it. I think maybe he thought the rhyme was fun, but then when a reference to Columbus' sailing showed up in his reference book about pirates, he was drawn in to listening to more information.

We found a variety of picture books about him at the library that we've been enjoying. Columbus is an interesting figure, in that much about him is heroic, and much... well, not so much. It's been a learning experience on the Mommy side of things too. If today had more time in it, I'd like to write more about that. Too bad today is already stretched a little thin.

Anyway, we were at the coast this weekend and discovered that they have full size replicas of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria on display in Corpus Christi. They are accurate all the way down to the forests in which the wood for the ships was cut. They were even built in Spain and sailed here (I think in the 1990s). We didn't have time to go to the museum where you can tour the Pinta and the Santa Maria in dry dock, but we did pop down to see the Nina. It's a lot smaller than I expected! You can see from that "No Trespassing" sign that shows up in both photos that these pictures are showing the whole ship. Not the size of vessel I would imagine for an ocean crossing of unknown length and difficulty! We'll be continuing to learn about this, and maybe we'll get back down to Corpus soon to tour the other two ships.


  1. Wow, that is a lot smaller than I'd expect! Hey, what's the rhyme you mentioned?

  2. Oh sorry, I guess I made it sound like there was a nursery rhyme. I just meant:

    In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two
    Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

  3. How cool!! I did not realize those replicas were there. I've only made one trip to Corpus and there is so much I did not see. It would be fun to go back. Love your pictures.

  4. Thanks! I guess I'm doing a little series because I have pics to show of the other stuff we did :)