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Corpus Christi, Texas: La Nina: Replica Ship of Columbus (Closed)

Full-size exact replicas of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria sailed to Texas in 1992. They were almost immediately damaged in a barge collision and hauled up on land. The Pinta and Santa Maria were destroyed in 2014 to make way for a splash pad. The Nina was returned to the water, sank in 2017, was repaired, then sank again in April 2019.

Downtown, at the end of the Lawrence St. T-Head, behind Joe's Crab Shack.
Sank in April 2019.

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Columbus Ship Replica La Nina

The replica of the Nina was there on July 2, 2017. Hard to find -- you have to get to Joe's Crab Shack parking lot to find it. Locals are restoring it. Very cool!

[Cindy Dashnaw, 07/04/2017]
La Nina: Replica Ship of Columbus

I do not believe that the ship is there anymore. They could no longer fund the renovations (is what I was told). But the museum is still there.

[Katie H., 09/06/2016]
Columbus Ship Replica La Nina

The city of Corpus Christi destroyed its Pinta and the Santa Maria replicas and buried them at the city dump. The Nina was saved because the Columbus Sailing Association, a group of volunteers, is repairing and restoring the ship to its former condition. The CSA gives tours of the ship on Saturdays for a small donation. They include the history of the ship, its voyages, and its encounters with Native peoples.

[Natalie, 02/15/2015]
Columbus Replica Ship

The replica ship is alive!! I saw on your site that is was destroyed... it was's still in Corpus T-Heads but down by Joe's Crab Shack! Was there yesterday.

[Don Rymer, 12/01/2014]

Replica Nina.

Nina - Replica Columbus Ship

The Nina, a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship is at home in the Corpus Christi Marina. It is one of three ships built in Spain to commemorate the historic 1492 voyage. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the three ships toured America ports in 1992 before coming to their permanent home in Corpus Christi in 1993.

The full size replicas of the three Columbus ships at Corpus Christi Texas, are as close as possible (from extensive document research in Spain) to the original Columbus ships.

The Pinta and Santa Maria can be seen in dry dock at the Museum for Science and History, 1900 N. Chaparral, Corpus Christi, Texas. The Nina is docked in the City Marina, in downtown Corpus Christi

[G. Godding, 06/23/2010]

August 2010: The Nina is currently in dry dock, undergoing maintenance, out of public view. No word yet on when she will return.

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