Santa Maria Shipwreck


The Santa Maria was the largest of a fleet of three ships that set sail with Christopher Columbus on his voyage that led to the discovery of the New World.  The crew all asleep after an evening of drinking and festivities except for a young boy who was at the helm, caused the ship to run aground off the coast of Haiti on 24 December 1492.  She sank the next day.  Her timbers were used to build a fort which Columbus called La Navidad (Christmas).

The two other boats in the fleet were Nina and Pinta.

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