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Corpus Christi's Nina replica is half way underwater

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You might have seen the sunken ship in the Corpus Christi Marina near the Joe's Crab Shack. You might already know the history of how Christopher Columbus' replica Nina made it to the Bayfront. For those that do not know and have not learned of her history, it's hard to see her sunken in the bay and awaiting her unknown future. 

The Nina, Santa Maria and Pinta were built by the same kind of pine, and structured the same way Columbus would have built his original ships. For Christopher Columbus' 500th anniversary of his discovery of North America, the ships sailed the Atlantic and America's ocean-side in 1992.

They were then gifted to Corpus Christi by the country of Spain.

Since then, all three ships resided here in Corpus Christi. The Santa Maria and Pinta were being held at the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum and due to decreased interest and repair costs, they were soon destroyed. The Nina was later taken in the care of the Columbus Sailing Association and has been on lease to the city, staying at the Corpus Christi Marina.

Over the years, volunteers have helped repair the ship and even though she was expected to last 5-10 years she has now lasted 30. 

Now, after Hurricane Harvey's winds came through, Nina has been falling apart and is half way underwater.

At this point, the Superintendent of the Corpus Christi Marina, Peter Davidson, has been in charge of what to do next with Nina. He says that the damage still needs to be assessed before deciding what to do with the ship in case moving it causes more harm to the structure. 

Many residents that live at the Marina are hopeful that Nina will be salvaged and that she just needs some tender, loving care.

"Take charge of this ship that's all she needs is some TLC, and you can't put something like this back together with a postage stamp. You know, it's gonna take some money but it's a beautiful piece of history," says 3 year Marina resident Preston E. Smith.

Smith believes this ship has been left here with no attention given, and now that she is half way under water, according to him, the only way to save her is to put money into her repairs. 

We reached out to the Columbus Sailing Association, who owns the ship, to see what their options are for the vessel. At this time, no comment has been given. 

This is still an ongoing story. 

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