The Santa Maria hit a reef on December 5, 1492, and sank.
Luckily, Christopher Columbus and his crew were able to scramble aboard the other two ships.
Ironically, the Santa Maria was the flagship, the one piloted by the Great Captain himself, and Columbus, a devout Catholic, had renamed the craft after Jesus’ mother, hoping for good luck.
Previously, the ship was called Marigalente (“Dirty Mary”), following a local tradition of naming ships after favorite dockside prostitutes.
The Nino (“Little Girl”) and Pinta (“Painted Lady”) followed that earthier tradition, and both made it safely back to Spain.
Perhaps that goes to show that it’s better to be nautical than nice.