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Santa Maria 1492 Columbus flagship 1:50 Scale

Manufacturer Mantua Model code 775


Santa Maria

The Santa Maria was a Nao, the flagship of the Columbus fleet.

It was a merchant ship, between 200-600 tons.

The boat's length was 75 feet with a wide beam, 25 feet.

This allowed it to carry more people and cargo.

She had a deep draft, 6 feet.

The vessel had three masts, a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast.

Five sails altogether were attached to these masts.

Each mast carried one large sail.

The foresail and mainsail were square; the sail on the mizzen was a triangular sail known as a lateen mizzen.

The ship had a smaller topsail on the mainmast above the mainsail and on the foremast above the foresail.

In addition, the ship carried a small square sail, a spritsail, on the bowsprit.

Each sail was attached to a long wooden pole, a yard, which spread the sail out across the top and held it open.

The Santa Maria also had a crow's nest on the mainmast.

It had a raised stern.

There was a forecastle in the bow of the ship.

Most of the force used to drive this ship came from the largest mainsail.

The other sails were used for trimming.

The Mantua kit features a plank on frame hull construction, building plans with general details English instructions, lost wax brass castings walnut or lime planking, wooden masts and spars, brass and walnut fittings, etched brass details, rigging cord,  silk flag.

All sheet ply sections are laser cut for accuracy.

Scale 1:50 Length: 780 mm Width: 350 mm Height: 520 mm

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