The Nao Santa María in Key West

Published : 03/19/2019 18:29:35
Categories : Nao Santa Maria

The Nao Santa María in Key West

After crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to Puerto Rico using the trade winds, is visiting some ports of call in the south of US before touring the East Coast upwards to the Great Lakes next summer. She is arriving to Key West on Thursday evening around 7pm coming from Panama City.

The Nao Santa Maria’s replica comes for the very first time to America to commemorate her original journey 527 years ago, where they were able to discover the Maritimes routes that lead them to this continent for the very first time, starring by Christopher Columbus, the encounter between two worlds, in 1492.

The ship was built in Spain in 2017 by the Nao Victoria Foundation, in collaboration with the Huelva’s Provincial Council, and launched in the town of Punta Umbría (Huelva, Spain), on March 16th , 2018.

A faithful design up to full scale and dimensions, where more than a hundred artisans of the sea worked on its construction.

A faithful design up to full scale and dimensions, where more than a hundred artisans of the sea worked on its construction: such as riverbank (riparian) carpenters, rope masters or naval engineers. Constantly looking for the combination of historical rigor with innovative techniques systems in the shipbuilding sector, and always with current regulations. This represents a massive advance in terms of environmental impact, costs, durability, and maintenance of the ship, without affecting its historical aspect, navigability or maneuver.

After fourteen months of investigation, more than 300,000 hours of work were carried out along another fourteen months for the construction, where the mold of the hull was created, then working with the wood for the cladding, the placement of the mast, the preparation of the rigging and apparel and the installation of the equipment.

With features of 200 tons, 93 feet long, 25 feet of sleeve, three masts and a bowsprit. The height of the main mast is more than 82 feet, five sails on its platform and five decks, built with an exquisite work in Iroko (African hardwood) and pinewood.

“We are happy and lucky to navigate through seas and play with time barriers, having the opportunity to bring and show history to American citizens” Carlos Herrera, Nao Santa María Captain.

The citizen could visit four decks, feel the vibes on board of a historic ship, interact with the crew and discover how this vessel was and work, its maneuvers of sails, rigging and the story of this famous ship of Spanish maritime history. “We are happy and lucky to navigate through seas and play with time barriers, having the opportunity to bring and show history to American citizens” Carlos Herrera, Nao Santa María Captain.

During 2018, the Nao Santa María made a successful tour through numerous ports in Spain and France, to come back to Huelva, where She left from Mazagón to La Gomera Island (I. Canarias- Spain) in a six days voyage. On November 26th began its great crossing of the big blue, reaching land in San Juan de Puerto Rico on December 18th.

Navigating with traditional techniques and a 17 people crew, after a 23 days course, arrived on the island of Puerto Rico. Fort Myers Beach, Baton Rouge, Panama City, and now she is coming to Key West.

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