Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our World Tuesday - Ships, December 8, 2015

Mid-Way Marina, Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA, November 25, 2015
Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships stopped for a week at the marina on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The Pinta is in front with the Nina behind her.

The Pinta replica is a little larger than the original ship, but the Nina is the same size as Columbus' ship. They get their black color from the tar used to make the hull water-tight.

Replica of the Nina
The crew sails them as much as possible, but they have diesel engines as back-up power. I cannot imagine crossing the Atlantic Ocean on such a small sailing ship - no diesel power in 1492. And a lot of people at that time still believed the world was flat, and a ship would drop off the edge!

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  1. Must be a marvelous sight when the sails are raised.

  2. Even when I have seen full sized replicas of these kinds of ships, I am surprised at how small they are! Nice pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  3. Aren't they amazing? I cannot imagine crossing the Atlantic on any of the,! Very brave sailors, I think. I saw replicas a couple of years ago going through the canal between Lakes Ontario and Erie.

  4. They are amazing! I would not want to cross the Atlantic on them though. Beautiful shots. Have a happy week!

  5. Tall ships are always fascinating to see.

  6. Amazing! I love tall ships! My father, who was a sailor always said: "in the old days they had wooden ships and iron sailors, now they have iron ships and wooden..." precicely!

  7. Fascinating ships and great photography!

    Wishing you the love and magic of the season,
    artmusedog and carol

  8. Those ships look so small. Hard to believe they took a crew of men all the way across the ocean. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  9. I love to see ships like this. They are such a treat.

  10. Great photos! I've been on the Nina replica before. So interesting!

  11. Wonderful looking ships! I wouldn't want to cross the Atlantic Ocean on one of those either.


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