Fate Of Scioto River Santa Maria Replica Uncertain Following Removal

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It’s a ship that has been anchored at the Battelle Riverfront Park in downtown Columbus since 1991.  And now, it is on its way out.

The iconic Santa Maria replica is in the process of being removed from the Scioto in more than a dozen pieces to make way for a multimillion dollar riverfront renovation project.

But unless the nonprofit group that oversees the ship can come up with $1 million in needed repairs, the ship likely won't return.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that the city council allocated $500,000 a few months ago to remove the ship from the Scioto River so that renovations to the riverbank can continue. However there is no money for repairs.

For the time being, it will be stored at the city's tree farm near Scioto Downs.

The disassembly and removal will take place over the next few days.

The replica first arrived downtown in 1991, with its $2 million cost funded by donations and private dollars.

Photos courtesy of Sam Breckenridge.