Santa Maria First Step (AM600/03) Scale: 1:135 Length: 28 cm Width: 10 cm Height: 26 cm
Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, is one of the most famous ships in the history of navigation. Santa María (The Saint Mary), alternatively La Gallega, was the largest of the three Spanish ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the others being the Niña and the Pinta. Her master and owner was Juan de la Cosa, a man from Santoña, Cantabria, operating in south Spanish waters. Requisitioned by order of Queen Isabella and by contract with Christopher Columbus, whom de la Cosa knew previously, the Santa María became Columbus’s flagship on the voyage as long as it was afloat.
Having gone aground on Christmas Day, 1492, on the shores of Haiti, through inexperience of the helmsman, it was partially dismantled to obtain timbers for Fort Navidad, “Christmas Fort,” placed in a native Taíno village. The fort was the first Spanish settlement in the New World, which Columbus had claimed for Spain. He thus regarded the wreck as providential. The hull remained where it was, the subject of much modern wreck-hunting without successful conclusion.
The Santa Maria First Step model, together with all the others making up the First Step series, does not require any previous model maker experience and no special tools are needed. Your imagination will suggest you how to embellish it with all Amati accessories or you could add your own decorations on bulwarks and decks.
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