Memorial Day is the traditional start of Summer in the U.S., and people like to do something special, like go to the beach or have a family reunion. John and I chose a rather unique event to mark the holiday.
Replicas of Columbus' ships the "Nina" and "Pinta" docked in Richmond on Thursday The ships are docked at Rocketts Landing on the James River, and will be in Richmond until June 4th.
According to reports, the replica of the Nina is the most historically accurate Columbus ship built to date; it was constructed by hand, without the use of power tools. The Pinta was constructed in Brazil, and the replica is a slightly larger version of the original ship.
John and I went to Rocketts Landing this morning before it got too hot. We went on board and stood on the sloping deck of the Niña, "as true a replica as will probably ever be built. It was Columbus' favorite ship, the one he very nearly died on in 1493, upon which he ultimately logged more than 25,000 miles."
These two ships now serve as a floating museum, traveling together to ports all over the Western hemisphere. The crew is comprised of volunteers who live on board (although with the modern luxury of air conditioning) and are available to describe what life was like in Columbus's day on these small vessels.
What a great opportunity to see these replicas. I am in awe of the fearlessness of these long-ago sailors.