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Spanish Caravel Pinta
Spanish Caravel "Pinta" arriving at the shores of the New World.
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Spanish Caravel "Pinta" arriving at the shores of the New World.


THIS IS NOT AN HISTORICAL RECREATION


I think I may say that this is the best LEGO caravel ever done, for it is the only ship of LEGO (at least from those few I found) that really "is" a caravel.

Pinta was one of the 3 ships on which the Portuguese sailor Salvador Gonçalves Zarco, that probably most of you know by the (false) name of Christopher Columbus, sailed no the New World. This is not intended to be an Historical Recreation, as the Pinta was square-rigged and only had 2 masts; however this is the classic model of a caravel, latin sailed, in which the first explorers mapped the world. Therefore, being a primitive ship, and designed for exploration missions, it did not had many cannons, and they were brought up to the deck when battle was eminent; also they did not had all the ornaments and details and colors that we find in galleons, so I built her mainly in brown to resemble wood.


















The captain's cabin is easily opened and reveals the interior. It also features a piano, of which unfortunately I could not take pictures, for it was in the shadow. Also, that small letter you see there is the letter sent by the portuguese king (D. João II) to Salvador Zarco (or Christopher Columbus), with secret orders.






And here we have the final shots, of Salvador Zarco and a part of his crew arriving at the shores of the New World, with a Spanish flag — historically accurate — to mark the land as belonging to the Catholic Monarchs.






Additional info: many of you are probably wandering about this obsession of calling Salvador Zarco to Christopher Columbus. An alternative historical theory argues that Columbus was a portuguese spy, finding lands for Portugal with Spanish money. Actually, by the Treaty of Alcaçovas, Cuba and the lands Columbus found were portuguese, but the Spanish Pope forced Portugal to sign a new treaty (the Treaty of Tordesillas), changing the world share, and giving this new lands to Spain: this part is not a theory, but unquestionable historical truth. Also it is said that Salvador Zarco was born in Cuba, a town in Portugal which of course exists, and that is why he called Cuba to the island he found. Also his name was Salvador, so that is why he called Salvador to the city he founded. At last, in the return from the New World, Zarco stops in Lisbon before going to Seville, which can confirm he was a portuguese spy!

Hope you enjoyed, please rate and comment!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 27, 2012
cute little one, i dont know if this type of ship has it, but i think it needs the bowspear thing, you know, the spear in the stern, and i like you like the old back hull pieces so much that you mix the colers for it, its okay, i prefer em to, good job, BTW nice sails
 I like it 
  April 6, 2012
Wooooow the pics are amazing, the ship is fabulous and the sails are sweeeeet! Excelente trabalho!
 I like it 
  February 26, 2012
What a lovely ship!Great job!5/5
  January 15, 2012
very nice I like the deck. There probably wasn't a cannon though.
 I like it 
  November 5, 2011
What a lovely ship! 5 stars from me
 I like it 
  September 10, 2011
Beautiful!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
yea i can see that but, i just think it looks wierd anyways, and thanks for telling me the correct word for it =)
 I made it 
  September 8, 2011
Quoting morthen poulsen cute little one, i dont know if this type of ship has it, but i think it needs the bowspear thing, you know, the spear in the stern, and i like you like the old back hull pieces so much that you mix the colers for it, its okay, i prefer em to, good job, BTW nice sails
Yes, I only have the back hull piece in light brown :( And it doesn't have the "spear" in the stern, those were primitive ships and they didn't have the rostrum (that's how it was called) because the rostrum is used to place triangular sails (mainly) in the front of the ship, and as you can see, there is no space for that sails. ;)
 I made it 
  September 8, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I Very nice, I like the sail plan, I can't recall other caravels on mocpages so this is atleast one of the very few :p maybe such ships changed rigging/sail plan depending on their sailing route, the lateen rigging for instant is ideal for maneuverability.
My ships usually are quite strong, but this caravel wasn't. As you can see the main mast don't have any kind of support, so while transporting was always falling. It was not a particular windy day, but while taking photos I found that the main sail was always rotating (a lot!) because of the wind, placing itself in the best way of catching it! :D
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Very nice ship, I love the cabin. Your knowledge of this type of ship enhances the MOC greatly.
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
i really like this caravel. I wish I had more ship pieces so i could make one.
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Very nice, I like the sail plan, I can't recall other caravels on mocpages so this is atleast one of the very few :p maybe such ships changed rigging/sail plan depending on their sailing route, the lateen rigging for instant is ideal for maneuverability.
  September 7, 2011
Wonderful! And conspiracy theories... are often right :)
 
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