Ship Name

Nina (1492)

Type

caravel (3 mast)

Origins/Provenance

Spain

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Year Launched

1490

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Scientific/Exploratory

Displacement (tons)

65

Length (feet)

50

Beam (feet)

18

Draft (feet)

6

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

began voyage as caravel latina

Hull

wooden

Crew

24

Top Speed (knots)

7

Historical Note

Requisitioned, along with the somewhat larger Pinta , from the northwestern Spanish town of Palos by Columbus at the order of Ferdinand and Isabella. Captained on first voyage by Palos sailor Vincente Pinzon. Rerigged in Canaries from lateen-rigged carave with 2 lateen sails on 2 masts to 3-masted combination of square and lateen("caravel redonda") as per the Pinta .

Related Images

boat2_nina2_1492.jpg
Ship on which Columbus made three voyages to Americas

Related People

Columbus, Christopher

Related Vessels

Santa Maria (1492), Pinta (1492),

Related Sources

Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus (1942)
Worlds of Christopher Columbus, The (1992)