Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Nina and the Pinta

In 1492 Columbus made the first of four trips to the Caribbean on three Spanish ships, named the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria... (it is a song we learned in CC this year).  When I heard that the replicas of the Nina and the Pinta were only a few short hours away from us, I had to bring the kids to see them!  How cool is it to get aboard the Nina?  

I was surprised to see that they were black, but I learned that they covered the wood with black tar to protect it and make it last...makes total sense!  The ships were tiny!!!  I was shocked with the size considering the journey that they made.  We were only allowed to go on the deck, not underneath.  Why?  Because the crew LIVES under the deck!  They sail they ships to different ports around the country.  They are looking for more crew members and another cook if any of y'all are interested.  

It was cool to see the ships, but I don't think it is something we would do again (once is enough).  I am sure that the kids will remember going on these ships though, and hopefully it will make Columbus's journey a little more real to them.