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May 16, 2013 10:54 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

End of the Voyage for Columbus Ships?

CORPUS CHRISTI - The future is looking bleak for the Columbus fleet that first came to Corpus Christi in 1993.

The three ships have deteriorated over the years, but one local group has been trying to save the Nina.

The Columbus Sailing Association is close to fully repairing the ship. It got $20,000 from the city a couple years ago to do it, but it needs about $10,000 more to finish.

The final steps will be to replace the 60 ft. main mast, and finish touching up some other repairs.

The ship currently sits at the end of the Lawrence Street T-Head.

The other two ships, which currently sit in the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and Modern History are in much worse shape.

The Pinta is on it's last leg, but can be saved if the organization can raise about $5,000.

The Santa Maria, however, is beyond saving. The condition is so bad, it's likely to be demolished now.

John Torrey is the president of the Columbus Sailing Association. He says saving these ships is about preserving history.

"When you're out there and you're just sailing, you step back 500 years. You really are in a time capsule," he says.

But to acccomplish what they want, they would like more help from the City.

"We've been pretty good about keeping our word on what we're doing. So now it's time for the City to own up to what they said they would do," Torrey says.

In a time of budget crunching, that might be a tall order.

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