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
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)

(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."

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May 15, 2014 7:29 AM CDT
"Nina" and "Pinta" were nicknames the sailors gave the ships. Like all Spanish ships of the era, they would have been named for saints.
May 15, 2014 12:41 AM CDT
What a stupid question. The other 2 ships fell over the edge.
Lou Bernardo
May 14, 2014 10:33 PM CDT
The Pinta returned home and not being famous at the time probably was scapped for the wood and other parts. What reason to keep an old ship otherwise?