Nao Santa María's replica sails up to The Wharf
The columbine vessel’s reproduction makes a halt in Washington, D.C. during its North American East Coast tour.
The Nao Victoria Foundation, the non-profit institution specialized in promoting and enhancing columbine heritage, has carried out historic studies in order to build replicas of different ships from that period. Its latest work is the Nao Santa María, which is now touring the American East Coast, stopping in several ports such as the Wharf in Washington, D.C.
The visit consists of a self-guided tour through the 4 decks of the vessel, provided with informative panels about the history of the ship and ornamental elements of the time, as well as a talk with the crew to feel how to live the Spanish sailors 500 years ago.
About the Nao Santa María
On August 3rd of 1492, the ship sailed off from the port of Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain) under the leadership of Christopher Columbus. It was the flagship of a fleet composed by two other caravels, the so-called “Pinta” and “Niña”. On October 12, 1492, it played the main role on one of the most important historic landmarks: the discovery of America, the encounter between two worlds that changed history.