Monday, October 12, 2009

IN 1492, COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE

This is a replica of The Nina, one of the three ships to set sail for the New World. Most people are familiar with that fact. Few are aware, however, the real name of the ship was Santa Clara. She made landfall in The Bahamas at daybreak on October 12, 1492. The rest, as they say, is history.

32 comments:

  1. Perfect for Columbus Day celebrations.

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  2. Interesting about the name. No, I didn't know that. Cool photo. Wonderful blue sky, and what better foreground than rigging?

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  3. Isn't it amazing to find the ship is so small to have sailed so far. Interesting about the name. MB

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  4. Santa Clara, huh? Wonder where they got Nina from. But then, a nickname for John is often Jack, so...

    Lovely photo; enjoy seeing old ships like this.

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  5. You're right and I din't know that, I always thought that she was called Niña (little girl) for the small size.

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  6. What a gorgeous boat and such a beautifully framed photo.

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  7. Its a great picture with a wonderful blue theme, I forgot this important day, in Mexico known as Dia de la Raza. Here is an interesting reading about it: Christopher Columbus

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  8. Is the replicated Nina planning to replicate the journey as well?

    Looks like a nice boat in any case!

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  9. Nina sounds much more romantic. When I grew up in St. Louis they had a replica of the Santa Maria. I always thought it was the real thing, but I was only like 5.

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  10. Fabulous photo of that boat! I just gotta say .....Leif Eriksson of Norway discovered America first!

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  11. Fantastic. Framing give us an idea of how small this boat was. Imagine being tossed in a storm on the high seas in that little boat? Not for the faint of heart.

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  12. Very nice replica! The name Santa Clara is new to me too.

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  13. Beautiful shot !! I love these kind of Ships !! Nice..Unseen Rajasthan

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  14. I agree with JM I didn't know about the real name Santa Clara. It's a beautiful boat. I need to confess that I thought it could be bigger than this one.
    Thanks for this informative post dear friend and have a nice week!
    Here I need to be very brave, I need to do my French homework now! :)
    Hugs
    Léia

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  15. Would it have been better if they had sailed off the edge of the earth?

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  16. As a teacher of American history, I always spent a week or so on Columbus and his "discoveries." Great fun. Didn't the replicate Nina stop in Ft. Lauderdale a while back...this shot must have been taken in the Bahamas, though...right?

    It's a very nice shot!

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  17. It amazes me how small those ships were.

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  18. I am not sure Columbus should be celebrated ... nevertheless thats a nice shot

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  19. I didn't know that either! That sky is such a beautiful shade of blue.

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  20. Hi there,
    What a beautiful boat!
    I didn't know that it was called Santa Clara. I agree with Jim K - Nina sounds romantic - at least when I pronounce it-:)

    Best regards
    Asta

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  21. The Nina The Pinta & The Santa Maria - I never heard The Santa Clara - why have they taught otherwise in the history books? that's weird

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  22. Evidently, it's not just the ocean that is blue.

    Lovely.

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  23. I can always remember the rhyme CC sailed the ocean blue in xxx2. So wasn't a roaring success for me

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  24. Is there a replica of a Viking vessel somewhere? I only knew the names Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria... You learn every day.

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  25. I think it's scary that men sailed across the ocean in a boat that size. Nope. you won't catch me sailing the Seven Seas. ;-)

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  26. Look how small she is. Talk about close quarters...and plowing across the moody north atlantic in her. Wow!

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  27. what always amazes me is how small the ships were. enjoyed your post and learning about the REAL name of the ship.

    have a wonderful evening.

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  28. Great picture! Well, I wasn't present in 1492, but I remember Columbus' main vessel was the Santa Maria, which he captained. The other vessels were La Niña (aka Santa Clara) and Pinta.

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  29. Sure glad someone did a Columbus Day post!

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  30. AMAZING!

    Very cool--I'd love to see that.

    Have a safe trip back to Florida, B.

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