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The Ships of Christopher Columbus (Anatomy of the Ship)

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Hi, anyone read, got a copy, recommend or otherwise of this book?

 

ISBN 978-1844860142

 

AUTHOR: Xavier Pastor

 

Cheers

 

Chris

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Everybody agrees that there is no historically accurate data on what these vessels looked like, specifically. At best, we might have some idea of the type they were, but that's about it. Nevertheless, they just keep on putting out books and model kits of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The demand just never lets up. :D

 

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Hi, I am fully aware that there is no historically accurate information on the 3 specific vessels Columbus used, however having viewed this publication in limited PDF format I think it might be useful as a guide to the particular type of vessel.

 

Chris

 

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I agree with Bob’s post above.  The underwater Archeology people have published a lot of new information since this book was published and much of it can be found on the internet.  The bad news is how much is still unknown. In most cases information is limited to mast steps, floor timbers, and many a few first futtocks.  Virtually nothing exists for upper works.  It would be even be impossible to determine which of these vessels, were fitted with square transom or round sterns.

 

The Newport Ship currently being conserved in Bristol, UK is one of the “better preserved” examples of a ship of this period, probably built in Spain.  The reconstruction is based on a remarkably small fragment of the hull with the rest, such as the square transom inferred.

 

Roger

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18 hours ago, Roger Pellett said:

The underwater Archeology people have published a lot of new information since this book was published and much of it can be found on the internet.  

For example, see  https://modelshipworld.com/topic/10190-archaeological-studies-on-carrack-wrecks/

 

Steven

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Thanks Steven for all this wonderful info. I have just ordered the Mantua Nina 1:50 with extra pre stitched sails from CMB. I am a total Columbus freak, and have been since childhood. I have built the Amati Santa Maria 1:50??? but plan on building all 3 of the Mantua vessels. It doesn't appear as though any build logs for the Nina are on here, or anywhere I can find, so I may be the log Guinea Pig for this one!

 

Cheers

 

Chris

 

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Thanks, Chris. 

 

I did a search for Nina build logs, and though I couldn't find anything on the Mantua one, there seem to be a few from other companies - https://modelshipworld.com/search/?q=nina - which may be of help to you in your build.

 

You might also be interested in http://nautarch.tamu.edu/shiplab/01George/index.htm which has links to pages that outline just about all the information known of caravels to date, and https://www.amazon.com/Portuguese-caravel-European-shipbuilding-development/dp/B0007BPCV4 - I haven't read this book, so I can't comment on whether it's any good or not. There's also a very good website on the development of caravels that I thought I had bookmarked, but can't find at the moment. If I can locate it, I'll send you the link.

 

OMG! I just realised you're a fellow Ballarat resident!

 

Steven

Edited by Louie da fly
changed TAMU link address for more info

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