The Third ship of the Christopher Columbus Expedition. Pinta was a square sails caravel. The
sails consisted of a square foresail and a great mainsail, while the mizzenmast, supported a long
yard for a lateen triangular sail. It had a poop quarterdeck and, unlike the sistership Nina, also
a forecastle. The Pinta was the fastest of the three ships, confirming the log books, which
indicated that this caravel was during the voyage often ahead of the other two ships.
Columbus's ships image: (c) Copyright The Bettmann Archive.