So Where Are Columbus' Other 2 Ships?

Not much is known about the Niña or Pinta

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2014 2:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – We may have found the final resting place of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, but what of the fate of the explorer's other two ships, the Niña and the Pinta? While the Santa Maria sank off the coast of Haiti in 1492, the Niña and the Pinta survived their time with Columbus, though USA Today notes that not much is known about either vessel.

The Niña was Columbus' favorite—he sailed her some 25,000 miles in all—and records indicate that her last known trip was a trade run to the Venezuelan Pearl Coast in 1501. She was also in Santa Domingo the year before. Of the Pinta, well, according to the Columbus Foundation: "The Pinta returned home and disappeared from history without a trace."

A replica of the Nina, one of the ships of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to America, moves up the Ohio River in this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo.
A replica of the Nina, one of the ships of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to America, moves up the Ohio River in this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Crew members on the Pinta dock at Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Pinta and the Nina are replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships.
Crew members on the Pinta dock at Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Pinta and the Nina are replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships.   (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)
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