Down She Goes: Replica Of Columbus’ La Nina Sinks Again

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A docked replica of a Christopher Columbus ship that sank in 2017 days after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas has swamped again.

Officials say divers will examine La Nina at the Corpus Christi Marina before efforts begin to refloat the ship that sank Tuesday without the assistance of a hurricane.

Although in disrepair, La Nina has been a tourist attraction. The 75-foot (22.86-meter) ship sank in August 2017 after Harvey, but was repaired and refloated.

The volunteer Columbus Sailing Association said it could no longer maintain the ship after Harvey. 

Corpus Christi leaders are also trying to find someone to restore the replica built by Spain in the 1980s to mark the 500th anniversary of the Columbus voyage to the New World.

Association president Kim Mrazek said Tuesday that donations have funded prior repairs to the vessel.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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