Atlantic Storm Drives Replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria into Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // March 29, 2019
CHECK IT OUT: Berthed near Cape Marina
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A full-scale, working replica of the Santa Maria, the largest of three ships that Christopher Columbus led on his historic voyage to the Caribbean in 1492, made an emergency stop Wednesday morning at Port Canaveral, apparently due to rough weather.
The three-masted, 90-foot-long Nao Santa Maria, carrying a crew of 14, originally was sailing from Key West to Beaufort, S.C.
The 200-ton wooden ship took about 100 craftsmen, carpenters, historians and mechanics more than a year to build at a shipyard in Spain, according to the Fundacion Nao Victoria, the organization responsible for the ship.
The vessel is making its first visit to the U.S. after having crossed the Atlantic.
Berthed near Cape Marina, 800 Scallop Drive, and Bond Yacht Sales, 810 Scallop Drive, the replica is expected to leave Friday or Saturday, weather permitting.
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