Nina taking on water in Corpus Christi Bay

The last of three replica ships built to commemorate the quest of Christopher Columbus to the Americas - The Nina -  has taken on water and is currently capsizing in the Corpus Christi Bay.

Corpus Christi received the three replica ships in 1992.

The Pinta and the Santa Maria were stored at the Museum of Science and History, where they eventually rotted away due to lack of maintenance.

The Nina was docked at The Corpus Christi Marina near Joe's Crab Shack, and until this evening, was the last of the remaining replica ships. 

Two of the Columbus ships, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, sat in a shipyard at the museum from 2001 to 2014, when they were demolished. The former museum director Rick Stryker said he  continually warned city management that the ships would fall apart without proper maintenance. 

For more than a decade, he said he asked for additional funding in the museum budget to maintain the ships, but the city didn't provide.

As we've reported, taxpayers footed the bill for the $2.9 million shipyard the city built at the museum to showcase the ships, but as one of the original architects of the replicas told us, the ships should have eventually been put back in the water, where they would have been better preserved.

This is a developing story.

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