The Nina and Pinta replicas stopped in Stuart, FL on their tour route for a few days. Before the bit of history about the ships that Christopher Columbus used to sail in his search for the new world, I have to add there is some confusion on the names.
The controversy is which one is actually called the Santa Clara. The local newspaper states that the Pinta was named Santa Clara and Wikipedia states that is was the Nina and also, elsewhere states that it is the Pinta. The ship Nina only has a flag on it with Nina spelled out and the other ship had the name Santa Clara on it, thus the confusion. I checked a few other sources as well with no conclusive evidence of which really is the Santa Clara!
The following is from Wikipedia
La Pinta (“the painted one”, “the spotted one”) was the fastest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. The New World was first sighted by Rodrigo de Triana on the Pinta on October 12, 1492.
Pinta was a caravel-type vessel. By tradition Spanish ships were named after saints and usually given nicknames. Thus, Pinta, like Niña, was not the ship’s actual name. The actual name of the Pinta is unknown.
Pinta was square rigged and was smaller than the Santa María, weighing approximately 60 tons with a length of 20 meters and a width of 7 meters. The crew size was 26 men. Captain of the Pinta was Martín Alonso Pinzón.
The other ships of the Columbus expedition were the Niña and the Santa María. There are no known contemporary likenesses of Columbus’ ships. Replicas of each of all three ships exist, the best-known of which is the “sailing museum” Niña, built in 1992, which has toured the world continuously since then.
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