Columbus First Transatlantic
La Pinta (Spanish for The Painted One or The Spotted One) was the fastest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first transatlantic voyage in 1492
The Pinta was square rigged and smaller than the Santa María. the ship weighed approximately 60 tons with an estimated deck length of 17 meters (56 ft) and a width of 5.36 meters (17.6 ft). The crew size was 26 men under Captain Martín Alonso Pinzón.
On the evening of 3 August 1492, Columbus departed from Spain with three ships, including the Pinta. He first sailed to the Canary Islands where he stopped for repairs and provisions, staying there until 6 September 1492.
First Person to Sight Land
In the wee hours of 12 October 1492, Columbus claims to have seen the light of land. Columbus called the island (in what is now The Bahamas) San Salvador. He claimed the lifetime pension promised by Ferdinand and Isabella in connection with the sighting.
Oasis of the Seas First Transatlantic
Just like the Pinta, the Captain of the Oasis of the Seas set sail from Europe destined for Bahamas and points beyond. The Oasis made the journey from 31 October 2009 until 13 November 2009, arriving two days later than planned due to a tropical storm it encountered during the crossing. Columbus too had encountered tropical weather during his crossing.
Columbus would probably be amazed if he sailed his ship alongside the Oasis of the Seas. We'll take a look at more ships as we continue our special series for National Cruise Vacation Month.