August 12th, 2008

picard stern

Visiting the Nina

A replica of the Nina, built by the Columbus Foundation, was docked in Sacramento Old Town for a couple weeks, so last weekend we went to go check it out.



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I personally was very impressed, both at the construction and at the small size of a ship that was used to sail from Europe to the Americas (Caribbean). They actually take volunteers for month shifts, and I have to admit the thought seriously crossed my mind (I have a fondness for sailing). The current volunteers noticed as well - when I was admiring the masts and checking out the ropes, one of them said "Looks like a new volunteer!". Maybe they say that to all the young sailing boys.

Beyond a yearning to head out to sea, I also got some good story ideas and a sense of the environment of a ship like that. The real crew was 24-27 sailors, who slept on deck (the cabins below were all for animals and food stores). What an amazing life that would be.