Columbus replicas dock in Port Isabel

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Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

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Stephen Sanger, firstmate on the Columbs replica ship, the Pinta, is shown above along with images of the vessel. (Staff photos by Ray Quiroga)

Imagine what it must have been like traveling by sea for months on end, charting unknown waters and traveling to unknown places using only what can, by today’s standards, be described as primitive technology to lead the way.

That’s exactly what the Columbus Foundation wanted to discover in 1986 when they set out to reconstruct Christopher Columbus’ two favorite ships, the Nina and the Pinta.

Since then, the two replicas have traveled the waters of the United States and Virgin Islands, docking at various ports and marinas and inviting the public to view the ships from the inside and out as floating museums, of sorts.

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