The caravel "La Pinta" was the fastest of Columbus's ships - it was the first to sight land on the voyage to the Americas - and could travel at the rate of about 10.5 knots - faster than a medium-sized merchant vessel of today, apparently. According to Wikipedia "the ship weighed approximately 60 tons with an estimated deck length of 17 meters (56 ft) and a width of 5.36 meters (17.6 ft). The crew size was 26 men under Captain Martín Alonso Pinzón." So, a total of 27 men occupying a tiny amount of sheltered space. A replica of the Niña also exists and sails around the world - both replicas were built in Brazil according to methods employed by the Portuguese in the 15th century.
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