S/Y Columbia Shining Bright in St. Thomas
Sail into enough amazing harbors and you’re bound to find some pretty special boats. Such was the case for Patrick and I on a recent trip to St. Thomas. There, tucked neatly into one of the choice berths in Crown Bay Marina, we got to marvel at the S/Y Columbia. This, as is plainly obvious, is no ordinary ship. Constructed in 2014, the Columbia is a jaw-dropping replica of a legendary yacht of the same name. The original S/Y Columbia, a 141-foot wooden Gloucester fishing vessel, dates back to the 1920s. The hull of the new Colombia is made of steel, though you wouldn’t know it at first glance. The painstaking attention to detail in replicating the original is that good. You just don’t see classic ships like these very often these days, which made this particular visit to St. Thomas a little extra special.
For more on all that’s amazing about the Columbia, be sure to check out this February 2015 profile in SuperYacht World.