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The ship was actually found around 10 years ago, but it seems like it took some time for them to put the pieces of the puzzle together.Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria
What happened to his other two ships?
Nina was probably used for scrap. Voyage records suddenly stopped in Hispaniola I think. Pinta I don't know.
It seems that the Pinta was the first to sail back to Baiona harbour, near Vigo, in 3 March 1493. What happened to her after is unknown.The Nina returned to Hispaniola in 1498 during Columbus' Third Voyage. Lying in wait at Santo Domingo in 1500 and in 1501 she made a trading voyage to the Pearl Coast, and there is no further information about what happened after.
The guy that found it is claiming the wreck needs to be excavated soon or it will be looted. Is that a real threat or just a ploy to get funding?
I think he already is funded by the History Channel. Maybe if they didn't give the location of it, they wouldn't have to worry about it being looted.
Personally, I think it is just scare-mongering by the discoverer of the wreck to get more funding.
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