Better late than never – NAO Santa Maria makes landfall in Beaufort

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Photo by Bob Sofaly

After a week of unexpected delays, mostly because of bad weather, hundreds of people gathered at the seawall of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort to watch the 200-ton Nao Santa Maria arrive. 

The ship, a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ famous vessels, is part of the 525th anniversary celebration of the famous voyage in 1492 when Columbus claimed North America for Spain.

The ship is open to the public. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the ship’s four decks.

Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 10 and $25 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Admission can be paid on site or tickets can be purchased at www.naosantamaria.org.

Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Sunday, April 14.