Amazingly, That Plan To Restore The Replica Columbus Ship Is Foundering

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In news that will shock absolutely everyone but the 95 percent of the people who predicted it, there's a good chance that the replica of Christopher Columbus's Nina won't be heading to Kemah in time for the May regatta.

As we mentioned last month, the Spanish Consulate and the city of Corpus Christi announced bold plans to repair the battered replica ship, which was slowly sinking into the bay. The consulate wanted to tow it to Kemah (Que?) for the annual regatta and then keep it there for a while before returning it to Corpus.

Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria were built to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus' 1492 voyage to the New World (again, Que?). They'd been pretty much left to rot in Corpus when the cost of upkeep became prohibitive.

The bold plans to restore the replica seem to have petered out, though.

The Corpus Christi Caller reports that work on the ship has yet to begin.

There's a good reason for that, though: The city says it's waiting to hear from the consulate, and the consulate says it's waiting to hear from the city.

"(The Spanish Consulate in Houston) still wants to do it," said Fernando Moral Iglesias, an honorary Consul of Spain in Corpus Christi. "They want to help. If they don't take care of it, it's going to sink."

The city wants to make sure someone insures the ship during its transport to Galveston, said Rick Stryker, the director of the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, which oversees the Niña and the two other replica ships.

The agreement was supposed to be signed and settled by the end of January. Repairs would take at least three months, experts estimate.

So, assuming you went out and made elaborate plans to attend the regatta (Which, to be honest, we'd never heard of before) the second you heard about the restored Nina, you best put them on hold.

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