Thinking about International Talk Like a Pirate Day reminded me of seeing the Niña and Pinta when they came through my area a couple years ago. They are faithful replicas of Columbus’s originals. Below is a video of the ships when they visited Dubuque, Iowa:
The diminutive stature of these two ships destroyed my perception of Columbus‘ crossing of the Atlantic ocean. To be honest, I expected a little more girth on the vessels. That the ships were so small gave me a greater appreciation of the feat that Cristoforo Colombo and his crews accomplished.
The foundation that owns the ships doesn’t have their 2013 schedule posted yet, but if you’re up for the adventure, you can apply to be a crew member.