Large-scale replica of Columbus’ boat Santa Maria at Hgtn. library


Model boat builder Bob Cline of Huntington stands with his reproduction of the Santa Maria, one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, which is currently on display in the reference department of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Photo provided.

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites the community to stop by the reference department at the main library to see a large-scale replica of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, on loan to the library from the personal collection of Bob Cline.

A lifelong Huntington resident and award-winning model boat builder, Cline crafted this model by hand from wood and other materials.

Cline also created the models of H.M.S Titanic and the Wabash and Erie Canal packet boat in the nonfiction area of the main library, and the Wabash and Erie Canal swing bridge on display in the Indiana Room.

The Santa Maria was the flagship of Columbus' small fleet of three vessels on his first voyage to search for passage to the East Indies. La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción (Spanish for The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception), or La Santa María, was the largest of the three ships used by Columbus in his first voyage. The flagship Santa Maria was a "nao" or cargo ship, also known at the time as a carrack.

Huntington City-Township Public Library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.