|A replica of the Nina II was built in 1988 by engineer and naval researcher John Patrick Sarsfield, British naval historian Jonathan Morton Nance, and a group of master shipbuilders in Bahia, Brazilia-- who were still using design and construction techniques dating back to the 15th century. They built it from Brazilian hardwoods using only adzes, axes, hand saws, and chisels. The sails were designed by Nance using square main sails and two aft lateen sails as were used by ships of this size at the end of the 15th century. The crew of the Niña say that it can make about 5-7 knots, which is quicker than older designs of the era.
Photo taken in Half Moon Bay, Pilar Point Marina, Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA, October, 19 2008