Santa Maria - Funchal Daily Photo

18 de maio de 2009

Santa Maria

It is called "Santa Maria". It is a replica of the ship of Christopher Columbus and was built on the Madeira island between July 1997 and July 1998 by Robert Wijntje, a dutch resident in the island, and by local artisans to celebrate the historic voyage of Columbus across the Atlantic to the discovery of "Indies", which ultimately led him to the Caribbean and America. There isn't a replica pure because don't have much data. But it was built as close as possible to the original. It has 22 meters in length, 3 masts, the highest with 16 meters. Has a capacity of more than 100 passengers.
Soon after construction is finished, the Santa Maria was in Lisbon to represent the Madeira wine at Expo 98. Today is the day trip south coast of Madeira.

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