14 Inch Santa Maria Model Ship

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Of all the famous ships known, none are perhaps as iconic as Christopher Columbus three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Offered here is the Santa Maria Model Ship, a rough appearance based on the modern replica of the Santa Maria. Given that no actual records of the Santa Marias appearance exist, this model is more a generally accepted theory on what the Santa Maria could have looked like. Beautifully crafted yet rather small, this model is perfect for occupying the small spots on a desk or shelf. Despite its size, its masterfully made, featuring high-quality woods like black walnut and birch in its construction as well as embroidered cloth for the sails and authentic rigging to suspend the sails. The model comes fully assembled and ready to display. According to history, the Santa Mariawas the largest of Christopher Columbus fleet and consequently, the slowest of the three ships; despite this, it was the grandest of them all, and of course, no fleet of model Ninas and Pintas could be complete with the Santa Maria Model Ship.

Key Features

  • This is NOT a Model Ship Kit - Comes Fully Assembled
  • Hand-Crafted by Skilled Artisans
  • Built Using High-Quality Materials
  • Detailed Sails and Sail-Rigging for Historic Authenticity
  • Includes Large Wood Base
  • Built with Extensive Use of Appropriate Resources, Including Historical Drawings and Paintings of the Original Ship


  • Measurements

  • Overall Length: 14 Inches
  • Overall Width: 3 Inches
  • Overall Height: 12 Inches
  • Overall Scale: 1:91


  • A Brief History of the Santa Maria

    The Santa Maria was a nao, the flagship of the Columbus fleet. It was a merchant ship, between 200-600 tons. The boat's length was 75 feet with a wide beam, 25 feet. This allowed it to carry more people and cargo. She had a deep draft, 6 feet. The vessel had three masts, a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast. Five sails altogether were attached to these masts. Each mast carried one large sail. The foresail and mainsail were square; the sail on the mizzen was a triangular sail known as a lateen mizzen. The ship had a smallertopsail on the mainmast above the mainsail and on the foremast above the foresail. In addition, the ship carried a small square sail, a spritsail, on the bowsprit. In the diagram above, the spritsail cannot be seen. Each sail was attached to a long wooden pole, a yard,which spread the sail out across the top and held it open. The Santa Maria also had a crows nest on the mainmast. It had a raised stern. There was a forecastle in the bow of the ship. Most of the force used to drive this ship came from the largest mainsail. The other sails were used for "trimming." Though many sailors believed that the Santa Maria was a fine ship for her day, Columbus was not so impressed. He did not think it was a ship fit for discovery. Because of the deep draft, the vessel was not suited for sailing near reefs and shallow island waters. In fact, the craft ran aground off Hispaniola and had to be abandoned.