National Geographic : 1992 Jan
Daylight disappears-and so does dinner aboard the Santa Maria, a reproduction of Columbus's transatlanticflag ship. Sailing along the coasts ofEurope and Africa in similar square-rigged vessels, Colum bus lived life at the whim of the winds, often finding himself becalmed for days, with plenty of time to read, think, dream, and scheme. Columbus learned basic sea manship not from books but from practice: to set the anchor properly, use a quadrant,esti mate speed and distance, and read the winds. Standing on Santa Maria's quarterdeck, crewmen furl the heavy canvas sails.