The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 11, 1991 · Page 42
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 42

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Friday, October 11, 1991
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C-14Entet1ainment THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October 1 1, 1991 If you go Santa Maria dedication: Entertainment begins 4 p.m. today; dedication ceremony, 5:20 p.m.; champagne christening, 6:05 p.m. Tours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Weekend tours will continue as weather permits, probably through October, before closing for the winter. The ship will reopen in April for daily tours. (Call 614-460-3725 to verify fall tours.) Admission: Adults, $3; senior citizens, 60 and over, $2; children ages 5-17, $1; under 5, free. Directions: Interstate 71 north to Columbus. Take High Street exit into downtown, follow High Street to Broad Street, turn left to riverfront. Ship at Battelle Riverfront Park, Gay and Marconi streets. Information: 614-460-3725. For information on other events in Columbus' year-long Quincentennial Celebration, which begins officially on Monday, call 614-461-1992. mi im i t if mm ii i fireplace GLASS DOOR FREE Installation! ciocmiADn n ju FIREGUARD Qa Reg. $199 Any Size Any Finish 1U I 111 III FIREGUARD run iwuiwin S249I1 R OVOM SAtE IMS til II 1 V I Jk PotltMtf llHI ' futl VMM DOM mm, Of Anilqut tftol n Ihownl I n it ttiLA i if i PORTLAND WILLMATTt mwwl Columbus CONTINUED FROM PAGE C-l She's a 98-foot-long, three-masted square rigger known in the 15th century as a nao. The Santa Maria was a typical cargo boat until hired by Columbus for his historic trip; he changed her name from La Gallega. The Pinta and the Nina the other two boats in Columbus' fleet were newer, smaller, lighter and faster models called caravels. The big, sturdy Santa Maria became the flagship and Columbus' home for the trip west from the Spanish port of Palos de la Fron-tera. The replica stretches 89 feet tall from her bottom to the top of her tallest mast and weighs 170 tons (including a hull lined with ballast.) She's built of white and yellow cedar, oak and Douglas fir, with her design based on historically accurate plans obtained from the Spanish government. She has one cabin, 14 feet by 22 feet with two small, square windows, on the second deck in the stern. That's where Columbus roomed; his crew slept on the open deck. (Next April, when the Santa Maria reopens, props and costumed storytellers will enable visitors to experience life as a 15th-century sailor.) Standing on her main deck facing the boat's bow, one sees only more boat; turn around and the view is the same. The boat's bow and double-deck stern rise up so high they block out everything else. Which leads one to wonder how the person steering the Santa Maria could see where the boat was going. Look deep into the cavelike area in the stern beneath the two top decks. There's the tiller a long, thick piece of oak attached to the steering rudder, which sticks out the back of the boat down into the water. "He could see the sails, but not where he was going," says Peter Stanford, president of the National Maritime Historical Society. "He steered by orders shouted down from the upper decks. It sounds crazy, but that's how they did it." Boats weren't steered by the traditional spoked wheel until 1690, Stanford says. Improvements on the Santa Maria's method came about 100 years after Columbus' voyage, when a "whip staff" a long pole attached to the tiller was stuck up through the decks, Stanford says. iJmmmfmmmmMmimmmumua ruiisiicu orisiur iyKPgf mm it , lift, fl Wf ( ' Vf ' I Antiquo Brt tSf"''"p m,y $3491 SALE jS"g,,43,' Height " "-33"Jlj- j. Pull Viw Dnar nliK iNot m Mwwti I r Anilqut ittt Q FROM HUGE SELECTION LSchaefer GAS LOGS 1 . SALE $349 Any Size The Santa Maria's impressive, but not much fun to sail upon, noted Rick Scarano, with Scarano Boat Building Inc. of Albany, N.Y., the company that built the replica. "This is a seasick machine," he says. "The decks are so high, you would feel every move. In Columbus' day, they felt it made it better for handling on the seas." Scarano, his brother, John, and their crew normally build sailboats and yachts low, sleek boats they design themselves. It was an interesting challenge facing them, they said, to build the Santa Maria true to the centuries-old plans. "She's grossly overbuilt, by our standards," Rick says. "We could reduce the amount of lumber, the dimensions of the lumber, and could make a lighter, more seaworthy boat. We could build a nice 30-foot, 10,000-pound sailboat for a two-man crew that would make the trip quite nicely." A company computer helped analyze the plans, but Scarano workers found that old-fashioned axes worked better in building the Santa Maria than modern power saws. And, they discovered, often they were baffled by the rigging layout for the sails; ancient sailors apparently took many secrets to their graves. The tale of how this Santa Maria arrived at her Columbus mooring on this 237-mile-long, narrow, shallow river that's never touched an ocean much less flowed outside the state of Ohio rivals her predecessor's voyage across the uncharted Atlantic. She was partially built in Albany, then sawed in half lengthwise, trucked across New York and into Ohio it took two two-day trips on specially designed vehicles to a makeshift lumberyard in Columbus. Then, she was bolted back together and her upper decks added. Then, she was hoisted over a wall into the Scioto, towed about 1,000 feet to the Battelle park site and tied in place, where her rigging and mast were added. The cost: $1.5 million, all raised by a group called Columbus Santa Maria Inc., a private, non-profit corporation. Scarano Boat Building earned $900,000 for its work. The reason: Columbus gains a permanent symbol and tourist attraction to enhance its status as the largest city in the world named for the explorer who sailed the ocean blue. (In the United States alone, there are 24 cities named for Columbus.) Gene D'Angelo, president of Columbus Santa Maria, laughs now at the hand-wringing by him and his colleagues to make the boat a reality. The hardest part was figuring out how to get it to Columbus. Several boat builders offered to come to town and build a boat yard, but that proved too expensive. Even the Spanish government which has built three Santa Maria replicas offered to build one for Columbus. But the logistics stumped them, too. Close as anyone could get the boat to Columbus was Portsmouth, Ohio the junction of the Ohio and the Scioto rivers or a Great Lakes port. 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