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Replica ship Niña raised

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The replica of Christopher Columbus' historic ship La Niña is once again afloat in the Corpus Christi Marina. 

Crews worked through the weekend to pump water out of the ship and bring it to the surface. 

Work began with a dive team inspecting the ship for possible damage.

Pumps were then placed inside the ship's hull to dewater the vessel, allowing it to rise to the surface.

Problems with on of the pumps caused a bit of a delay, but repairs were made, and an additional pump was brought in yesterday to help  with the process. 

"She is important because she is the only Caravel replica in the Northern Hemisphere," said Kim Mrazek, president of the Columbus Sailing Association. "She's it."

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