These three ships of Columbus were La Santa Maria, La Niña, and La Pinta, described as modest merchant vessels comparable in size to a yacht. La Santa Maria (the Holy Mary), the flagship, was originally called La Gallega, (pertaining to one from Galicia, on northwestern corner of Iberian Peninsula), but had an even longer name, La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción (The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception).
They sailed out into the Atlantic from the Spanish port of Palos on August 3rd, 1492. While the Atlantic is one of the seven seas, the seas are globally all joined together. It's interesting to note, that the plural of mare, the Latin word for sea, is maria, spelled the same as Mary is spelled in Latin.
Columbus was being carried in a vessel named for this very
special Maria, it's curious that the vessel itself was
carried upon the waters which together are called maria.
On this momentous voyage, they came to discover
an island in the present-day Bahamas, which Columbus called San Salvador,
meaning "Holy Savior." As Holy Mary is linked to our Holy
Savior, so the vessel Santa Maria is linked to San Salvador in the Age of
Discovery. As the ships with their sails
reflected in the water, they cast a reflection of our Redemptive
Eliot Morison, called one of America's most distinguished historians, tells
us what happened, in his work, Admiral of the Ocean Sea.
It was still December 24th, 1492, and though
forbidden by Columbus to do so, a sleepy helmsman had turned over the tiller
to a sailor called a gromet whose duty was to turn the hourglass called the
Maria had come to the New World to stay.
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