Waves, Waterfowl and…Wait…What?!

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The replica of the 65-foot-long, 18-foot-wide Nina was built by about 20 men by hand without electricity or modern tools, according to Nina captain Stephen Sanger. Nina construction took 2½ years and was completed in 1991. Replicating the 85-foot-long, 24-foot-wide Pinta took about three years and was completed in 2005. Stephen Sanger said some electrical tools were used. The replica Pinta was built bigger than the original to accommodate up to 100 passengers for day trips.

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Thanks Matt!!

I got a text from Matt Dempsey the evening of May 11th. I was on my way home from work, and he wondered if I was going up to the Lighthouse to shoot the sunset. I told him I was pretty whipped from working, but you never know. He said he’d keep his eyes open for me. I got home and told Kristen that he’d texted me and I knew before I even opened my mouth, what reaction I was going to get from her. “Let’s GO!” We looked up the time of the sunset and agreed we’d need to be there about an hour before that. We zipped up behind the Jackalope, and were barely out of the car when we saw Matt and Bob Bodnar. Kristen called her friend who lives close by, and we all walked down the pier.

We all kept slowly working our way down the pier, keeping the setting sun directly above and, eventually, behind the Lighthouse. As the sun came down, Matt remarked that he should’ve opened the shutters when he was there recently (he’s one of the caretakers, and was recently interviewed by Neil Zurcher). When he said that, Bob and I started the razzing, “Wow! That would have been a GREAT shot if the shutters were open!” We didn’t let up until it was time to go. I just got around to narrowing down the best of the night’s shoot, and wanted to say again, “Thanks Matt!!”

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