The 15th century
Having gotten permission and funds from Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus set about outfitting a little fleet for a trip across the “Ocean Sea” to find a faster route to China and India. He got three ships, now remembered as the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
“Pinta”, meaning “Painted One”, is thought to be a nickname for the second vessel. Her given name is no longer certain. The Pinta was a caravel. This was a smaller two or three masted ship of about 20 meters in length (about 65 feet) and about 7 meters wide (22 feet). It could be crewed by about 25 sailors. It was captained on the first trip by Martín Alonso Pinzon. He was also part owner of both the Nina and the Pinta. Columbus had some difficulty with him on the first voyage. They became separated more than once largely at the seeming instigation of Pinzon.
Highlights about Santa Pinta model ship:
- This model ship is entirely handmade by skilled and experienced craftsmen, using the plank on frame construction method
- No kits are use
- Anchors, guns, decorations, and other intricate details sculpted of metal
- Meticulously sewn sails, keep shape and do not wrinkle
- Use high-quality wood such as rosewood, ebony, black wood, mahogany wood…. , timbers are after process step of pre-construction.
- The Santa Pinta model ship is built on scale by the original plan, then drawn up and painted by actual photographs to ensure the best accuracy.