• Kyodo


A replica of the main caravel in Christopher Columbus’ historic first voyage was half gutted by fire Saturday morning where it sits in a Kobe park, police and fire officials said.

The blaze broke out on the 32-meter-long replica of the Santa Maria, one of the three ships used by Columbus on his first trip to what became the West Indies, at around 12:25 p.m., the officials said. No one was injured in the blaze, whose cause has not been reported.

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