For three days, the Columbus Foundation’s Niña and Pinta caravels docked at Fort Myers allowing residents to tour these historically accurate replicas of Christopher Columbus’s famous ships.
“In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Everyone knows the riddle, but do they know they story behind it?
The Columbus Foundation’s Niña is the most accurate replica in the world. It was built by Brazilian ship makers and scaled to the exact size (65 feet) of the vessel that Columbus and his crew used on their historic expedition to the New World.
The two ships were set up like floating museums where self-exploration was not only allowed but encouraged. However, it was the stories of the crew members that were most memorable.
The captain, Steven Sanger, has been sailing ships for over eight years. The experience onboard, where the crew of seven eats, sleeps and shares life aboard the ship has created unbreakable bonds among the sailors, according to Crystal Platt.
The Columbus Foundation wants to keep the spirit of discovery alive wherever they land, and Fort Myers has a record of their footprint.