Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Pinta and Niña Sail Again

A fellow I work with is pals with a guy who is part of a historical re-enactment effort to sail the world in replicas of two of Columbus' ships, the Pinta and the Niña.


The Niña was built by hand and without the use of power tools. It is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.

The Pinta, meanwhile, was built in Brazil and is a larger version of the original.

More articles:

The Nina and the Pinta dock in Stuart for a week

Replicas of famous 1492 fleet arrive in Stuart

Columbus caravels sail to Stuart

I asked my co-worker, "How far have they taken their verisimilitude – e.g. do they keep with 15th century diets? I saw a photo of some of their period navigational tools – does the crew use them, or do they use modern instruments?"

His replies:

They are using old technology/practices with the exception of the following:

1) They have a diesel engine that they throw into action ONLY in cases of emergency (storm, port maneuverability, pirates)

2) The crew are sleeping in the hull of the ship whereas on Columbus’ voyages they slept on the deck and the livestock was kept in the hull

3) Their diets vary by port town. :-)

1 comment:

Paddy O'Hare said...

Very interesting, Sean. I hope that the crews do not threaten mutiny on the high seas, as they did in the original voyage when it took a long time to sight land!