The Ships of Christopher Columbus
The Santa Maria*
Columbus' Flagship Santa Maria
Name: Santa Maria
Sails: three masted, square rigged
Length: approx 85 ft.
Cargo Tons: approx. 100 tons
Captain: Christopher Columbus
Crew: approx 40
Fate: The Admiral’s flagship. She ran aground on Christmas Eve 1492
off the coast of Haiti. Her timbers were used to build Fort Navidad.
Columbus left part of his crew at the fort with instructions to start a
settlement. When he returned the following year, his men were all dead.
*Dimensions are based on the research of Samuel Eliot Morison, a
recognized authority on Christopher Columbus and his voyages.