Updated: Sep 13, 2018
Columbus Landfall At Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
We've been analyzing Christopher Columbus' Diario and exploring his sailing route since 2014 in an attempt to prove that his actual landfall was in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Following Columbus Expedition IV 2018
Following Columbus Expedition IV 2018 departs from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands on May 7 and will focus on the Columbus landfall at Grand Turk.
Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic with three ships in 1492 and landed at an island on its other side on October 12th, now celebrated as Columbus Day. But where he landed has been disputed for centuries. No fewer than 10 islands in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands have been claimed as the place were Columbus first step to shore on the far side of the ocean. This year we have decided to attempt to re-create the Grand Turk landfall following the diario all in real time aboard the sailing catamaran DESTINY III from the point at which the "little candle" was seen at 10 PM just north of the Mouchoir Banks. From this point we will sail through the night to see "white head of sand" at 2 PM and look up to see land, just as Columbus saw it..
Captain Dave Calvert, expedition leader Tim Ainley and historian Josiah Marvel aboard Destiny III.
Follow Our Adventures
As always we will be posting regular updates and we hope that you will enjoy following our progress as we attempt to show once and for all that Columbus must have landed in Grand Turk.
Detailed logbook descriptions, photos and conclusions here.