Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Replicas Of Christopher Columbus' Ships In Maysville

I worked a gig at Caproni's Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. As I played, two ships making their way up the Ohio River became visible through the restaurant window. They looked to me like the type of ships early explorers might have sailed. It was an amazing spectacle.

Many people in the restaurant left their tables to go outside to take photographs and get a closer look. I too, had to check it out more closely. It turned out that we were looking at replicas of the Nina and Pinta, built to scale. The wooden replicas are owned by the nonprofit Columbus Foundation. The original ships were part of Columbus' fleet when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492.

The ships fired their cannons as the restaurant customers waved. The replicas served their purpose well, as many in the crowd wondered aloud what it must have been like in 1492 to be on the ships.


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