Help Restore the La Niña to her Prior Glory and Set Sail for the Future

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - How would you like to own a piece of history? The City of Corpus Christi and the Columbus Sailing Association (CSA) is looking for a group interested in preserving and restoring the Caravel Replica La Niña. 

La Niña is one of three Columbus ship replicas built in Spain for the 500th anniversary of his voyage to the New World and gifted to the City. The only remaining Caravel Replica was leased to CSA in 2010, when there was a dedicated volunteer group committed to restoring La Niña to her prior glory. With only three members and few volunteers, CSA has decided it can no longer maintain La Niña. 

The City of Corpus Christi and the Columbus Sailing Association (CSA) is issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) for the rights of ownership. The purpose of this RFI is to provide all interested parties with an opportunity to submit a Letter of Interest for the acquisition and preservation of La Niña, allowing the City to identify a new owner, historical foundation, and/or developer with the commitment, plans, and display concepts that are the most satisfactory to the future preservation of La Niña and her legacy.  

NOTE:  This is not a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) but an invitation to participate in a future RFP or direct negotiation process.  

RFI details can be found on the below link All submittals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018. Property visits are by reservation only at (361) 826-3980. 

For more information, contact Public Information Manager DeAnna McQueen at 361-826-2940 or by email at