What were the names of the ships in Columbus fleet?

Ask any American schoolchildren and they’ll tell you Columbus’s ships were named Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria. However, at least two of those were likely nicknames. In Columbus’s time it was the custom in Spain to name ships after saints and to call them by nicknames instead.

What were the names of the ships in Columbus first voyage?

Columbus set sail from Spain in three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. On August 3, 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus started his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. With a crew of 90 men and three ships—the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria—he left from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.

What was the largest ship on Christopher Columbus’s voyage?

The three-masted vessel Santa Maria was the largest of Columbus’s expeditionary vessels and his flagship. Measuring around 70 feet in length, it carried a crew of 40 men.

What happened to the Nina and the Pinta and the Santa Maria?

By July 1892, the Santa Maria was ready to sail, but the Nina and the Pinta were found to be unsafe. The Santa Maria left for Puerto Rico, while the Nina and Pinta were towed from Spain by two U.S. Navy ships. All three were towed through the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes to Chicago.

Who sailed on the Santa Maria ship?

La Santa María ( The Saint Mary ), alternatively La Gallega, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the others being the Niña and the Pinta. Her master and owner was Juan de la Cosa, a man from Santoña, Cantabria, operating in south Spanish waters.

Did the Santa Maria ship sink?

The Santa Maria sank after hitting reefs off the Haitian coast around Christmas of 1492, months after arriving from Spain. It is believed that Columbus ordered some of the ship’s timbers stripped from the wreck in order to build a fort on land near the shore.

What were the sizes of the Nina Pinta Santa Maria?

They were relatively small ships: the Santa Maria was a medium-sized carrack (a three or four-masted vessel) around 36 metres (117 feet) long with a burden of 100 or so tons, while both the Nina and the Pinta were caravels (a more lightweight ship) of around half that size.