SANTA MARIA model ship
Christopher Columbus had three
ships on his first voyage, the Niņa, the Pinta, and the
Santa Maria. His flagship, the Santa Maria had 52 men
aboard while the Nina and Pinta were each crewed by 18
men. The Santa Maria took the lead in navigation,
direction, and speed.
The Santa Maria was a nao and was not able to go near
the coastline. However, she could carry a lot of cargo
and it stood up well in bad weather. The Niņa, the
Pinta were caravels, with a shallower draft than a nao,
did not have much cargo space, but were able to explore
shallow bays and the mouths of rivers.
The Santa Maria , Niņa, and Piņta were all built with a
small cabin called a “toldilla” on the stern deck for
the captain and other officers. This is where
Columbus spent most of his time. The crew had to sleep
anywhere they could find that was dry and out of the
sun. Since the ships only had one deck, the hold
below would be full of supplies, bulge water, emptied
pots from their toilet, and rats. Below deck was a place
you would not like to be for very long. After
arriving in America and seeing the natives use hammocks,
the sailors quickly adopted their use aboard ship.
This Santa Maria model
Plank-on-frame construction (very
All parts are wooden or metal
Fine deck details
rigging system comprised of many different sizes of
masts and bowsprit per original blueprints
33" long x
24" tall x 14" wide
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