Nao Santa Maria
May 25th – May 27th
10 AM – 7 PM
The Nao Santa María is making a tour of the American East Coast and will make a Port of Call in Yorktown.
Explore the four decks of the ship where you can find informative panels with the history of the ship, ornamental elements of the time, and talk with the crew about what it was like for Spanish sailors 500 years ago.
The visit is a self guided tour through the 4 decks of the Santa María, where you can find informative panels with the history of the ship, ornamental elements of the time and talk with the crew to feel how to live the Spanish sailors 500 years ago.
The full-size replica is of one of the most famous ships in history. On October 12, 1492, led by Christopher Columbus, the Santa María played the main role in the discovery of America… and an encounter between two worlds.
The ship departed from Spain with the caravels “Pinta” and “Niña” and in Columbus’ famous diary where he documented his expedition—he refers to it as “nao”, as did other chroniclers of the time: “Columbus loaded, apart from those two, a nao… and on the third, being the nao bigger than the rest, he wanted to travel himself, and hence it became the flagship”.
• More than 1,200 sq ft on board
• Four decks, captain’s cabin, and living accommodations
• Length: 100 ft / Beam: 28 ft / Draft: 10 ft
• Three masts and six sails
It will hold more than 3,200 sq ft of sail, with a setting of the rigging faithful to the original Nao Santa María of the 15th century with more than 1.86 miles of line for the standing and the running.