Demolition begins on Texas Columbus replica ships

Corpus Christi beach

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Texas workers have started to demolish deteriorating replicas of Christopher Columbus ships.

A Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History spokeswoman tells the San Antonio Express-News that work began Monday. The ships have been in Texas since the 1990s as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Columbus voyage in 1492.

The museum director says the Pinta and Santa Maria naturally deteriorated because they’re made from pine and not hardwood.

The museum dry docked the two ships in 1994 after a barge collided with them in the bay. City officials moved this summer to destroy the ships instead of paying for repairs.

The third ship of the fleet remains docked at an area marina. The Columbus Sailing Association owns and maintains the Niña.

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