A Full Day of Lookin'...
Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
159Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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This ship is definitely not ship-shape, but it was very interesting to tour the various spots. One of my favorites was The Bridge. We were the only folks there, so I got to sit in the captain's chair and look out on the water, imagining what it must have been like to be in charge of such a large seagoing vessel
We "lunched" in the Sooby, next to the beach and looking out over the water. A nice quiet spot and less nutritionally demanding than a nice greasy burger, but it sufficed.
We then let the Droid lead us to the Corpus Christi Museum of History and Science. It's the site of two of the replica ships o Columbus' first voyage. The Pinta is boardable, although in sorry repair. These ships and the Nina, which is still in the water at another location, were built by Spain to honor the five-hundredth anniversary of the voyage. Unfortunately, to save money, the built them out of pine, save the keel. These two were damaged by an errant barge some years ago and are slowly being re-fitted. The Pinta is about seventy-five feet in length and the Santa Maria ninety feet. In 1992 the Spanish sailed the three to twenty-two ports in Europe as part of the celebration
When they arrived in America, they sailed to eighteen ports. Corpus Christi had the largest turn-out, up to ten thousand folks on a weekend, so the ships were given to the city. In my mind, things went downhill from there. It must be a huge expense to restore these replicas. It's evident from the slow progress being made.
The rest of the museum is outstanding. The photos show a bit of what appealed to us. The picture of Louis XIV is interesting in that it shows how royalty dressed in that day. I didn't realize that Lou had such tiny feet! As a Frenchman myself, I'll make no additional comments and leave that up to the Lurkers.
We're moving to the water again tomorrow to camp for a night. Hopefully we'll see numerous birds and aquatic sites to share with y'all.