Around 1904, an image of Santa Maria, one of the long lost Christopher Columbus’ vessels was published. More than 500 years have passed since Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta have gone missing. However, recent discovery of a shipwreck off the coast of Haiti is making experts believe that Santa Maria mystery is finally solved.

Replica images of Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

Replica image of the three Christopher Columbus vessels: The Nina, The Pinta and the Santa Maria

For those of us who are familiar with the poetic Christopher Columbus phrase, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” know that he traveled with three ships. The Nina, the Pinta and of course the Santa Maria. The first two ships have not been discovered/ identified, but a shipwreck has been found off the coast of Haiti, which is probably going to be a major archaeological find of the year.

Ocean explorer, Barry Clifford has been on the hunt for Santa Maria for a long time now. His previous discovery is the famous pirate shipwrech: Wyadh. Now with the recent discovery of an unknown shipwreck of the long lost vessel, Clifford and photograph experts are at the verge of confirming Santa Maria’s identity.

Santa Maria photograph

In 1492, Christopher Columbus wrote down details of a sinking ship in his journal. It was Christmas day back then and the location of the said shipwreck is said to match whatever Columbus wrote down that day. More so, in 2003, a ship cannon was discovered, only to be reevaluated and partially confirmed as part of the Santa Maria.

However, the identification of the recently discovered shipwreck is not an easy job. Most of the evidence has plundered deep into the watery depths of the ocean, while the rest of the remains are still being evaluated and linked to Santa Maria.

During a recent interview with ‘The Independent’, Clifford said, “I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus’ discovery of America.” 

History suggests that of all the three ships, Pinta and Nina did make it back to Spain. Though it is not known what happened to both vessels or their crew members at the end of the transatlantic voyage. Some of the evidence points out that the Nina was traveling along the Venezuelan Pearl Coast in 1501; it was a trading voyage, which met an awry fate in the end.

Only a full length excavation of the shipwreck in question will reveal the true identity of Santa Maria.