More To The Story: the Pinta

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – After a three week stay, a replica of one of the most famous ships in American history left Ross’ Landing today.

And if you were looking for a history lesson from the 15th century, it was “right up your alley!”

News 12’s Dave Staley explains, in tonight’s edition of More To The Story.

There she be kids!! The Pinta! A replica of one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus used when he set sight on “The New World” in October of 1492. Historians consider it to be the “Space Shuttle” of that time period.
Built in 2005, it’s historically accurate. Almost. Actually upscaled some 20 percent. 15 feet longer on the deck. 6 feet wider on the beam.

JONAH MAGNEY, FIRST MATE;
“We did that to accomodate more people on board. And because, on average, we’re all bigger. The average 15th century man being only 5’2″ tall”

This replica is motorized on the rivers. But actually sails on the oceans and Great Lakes. Traveling the country as a “sailing museum.” Educating the public, Specifically young kids.

LAURA JONES, TOURED THE PINTA;
“It was great. Great experience. The tour guides were great. It’s great to see a little bit of history in Chattanooga.”

DAVE STALEY, NEWS 12 NOW;
“One of the other replica boats, the Nina, which usually travles with the Pinta, is not on this tour. You see, the Nina was badly damaged a year ago during Hurricane Sally.”

There is no replica of Columbus’s third ship, the Santa Maria. There are no plans to build her. Here’s a big reason why:

JONAH MAGNEY, FIRST MATE;
“Columbus didn’t like her anyways. He actually nicknamed her the pig. He didn’t like her.”

Betcha didn’t know that. The next stop for the Pinta is Lenoir City, on the 24th. Dave Staley, News 12 Now.

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