John Sarsfield combined his obsession with Mediterranean whole moulding and knowledge from historical sources and maritime archaeology to build a
full-size, working reconstruction of a 15th-century caravel.
To set his endeavor apart from the numerous past and present celebratory reconstructions of Columbus's Niña, Pinta, and Santa María, he christened his replica Santa Clara, the official name of Columbus's favorite vessel, Niña.

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