Quick, finish this phrase learned by every school child: "The Nina, Pinta, and the ..." The Santa Maria is one third of the most famous trio of ships in history -- the ship in which Christopher Columbus himself sailed -- and if a leading underwater archaeologist is correct, it's lying on the sea floor off the northern coast of Haiti.
The researcher, Barry Clifford, commanded a recent reconnaissance dive to the site, and he's certain they have found the ship's remains.
"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," Clifford told the The Independent.
Columbus set sail in the Santa Maria in 1492, alongside the Pinta and Nina, in an effort to stake out a trade route to Asia by heading west. But, instead of Asia, he found the future vacation spot of the Bahamas.
A couple of months later, the Santa Maria, with Columbus aboard, struck a reef and had to be abandoned. Its location has been a mystery for more than 500 years -- until perhaps now.