|This Day in History: Celebration of Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2012|
The Nina = The Most Historically Accurate Replica
of a Columbus Ship Ever Built
Columbus Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland in the 10th century.
'Twas not an easy or pleasant voyage across raging perilous seas. Ferocious winds, tormenting waves crushed the hull and tore at the sails. There was no room below decks for the ordinary sailor, so sleeping commenced on the open deck. Seasickness was not uncommon nor succumbing to death under immense pain. Conditions were harsh but willingness prevailed: hope, faith and courage paved the way to the New World for this was only the beginning.
"We ate only old biscuit reduced to powder, all full of worms and stinking of the urine that the rats made on it. And we drank water that was yellow and stinking." ~Antonio Pigatetta 1500s, a sailor aboard the Magellan.
Echoes of the Sea
The sea, which soars, soothes, threatens and shifts
Emanates life as an unanswered question
If it had lips, it would speak effortlessly
And share untold stories from every nation
Oh, sea, mighty warrior of all times
Let loose your triumphant vessels
And relinquish the esteemed memories
Once washed away like the sandcastles
The sea, whose entrails reflect symmetrical images
Imitates the snow-capped
peak of Fujiyama
In an infinite unpredictable melodrama
Oh, sea, unforgiving and yet calm
Lay to rest those who died in your wake
Relinquish troubling tales of mystery and woe
That haunt those souls you once did take
The sea, in all its fierceness and serenity
Sustains any argument with the bravest of the brave
Changes its moods with the rolling tide
And whispers of the past echo with each wave
Sharla Lee Shults
Columbus' Modern Ships (1:25)
Columbus' modern ships were fast and strong enough for the rough Atlantic seas.
Columbus' Mutinous Crew (2:12)
After 60 days and no sign of land, Columbus' doubtful crew wanted to turn back.
During his fourth voyage Columbus was forced to take refuge in a cove off the shores of Hispaniola.
Since its discovery over 500 years ago a myriad of awakenings have shaped America, her land and her people. What are your visions of hope to see she remains strong?