Columbus Ships Preservation Fund
The Columbus Ships Preservation Fund is in the discussion phase to accept permanent custody and care of the 1992 Quincentenary Columbus Ships from its owner, the Spain-USA Foundation. Launched in 1989 as its gift for the worldwide celebration of the Discovery of the Americas, Spain intended that these full-scale replicas be permanently homeported at Corpus Christi, Texas within an international eductional venue and in continuing service as living history museums.
Having made promises to Spain in 1992, the school students of Texas and, Corpus Christi who wrote thousands of letters to bring the Ships to the city, the city's leadership and the organization responsible for daily operations, instead, have allowed history's most famous icons of the sea to deteriorate to the point of almost irreparable damage, not to mention that which has been done to the hearts and hopes of the students. Those hopes and dreams will be robbed forever if its citizens allow the City Council to make good on yet, another promise it has made to a restaurant conglomerate to take control of the public marina development where the Ships belong.
Visit our Web site and find your virtual positions aboard these fabulous fifteenth-century vessels. There's plenty of room for everyone to participate in their: Rescue, Restoration and Preservation. An Epcot-style Educational Complex is being planned. It will be complete with a Fifteenth Century Sailing School, international high school[9-12] for maritime and marine studies, International Registry for descendants of crewmembers that sailed under the first Admiral of the Seas, Cristóbal Colón (akaChristopher Columbus), research library, community rooms, multimedia theatre and presentation of the ongoing story of the impact of Spanish discovery on South Texas through rotating and permanent exhibits. Visitors will be able to enjoy international cuisine in a food court-type setting and shop for memorabilia and cultural items at the world trade shop to be established. Lend your support and ideas. Fair Winds.