CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The 25-year-old La Niña replica that sank at the seawall earlier this week is in the process of being raised.
City workers have been at the seawall for the last couple of days preparing patches that will go over the hole in the hull.
A part of La Niña hull gave way overnight Monday and was reported to City officials at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
La Niña was one of three Columbus exploration replica ships that were a gift to Corpus Christi from Spain.
There are six different entities including the City of Aransas Pass who are interested in taking possession of La Niña to restore it.
According to Marina Director Gina Sanchez, the City of Corpus Christi is working to refloat the ship as soon as possible and continue plans for a change of ownership.
"We will continue with our plans for her to get serviced and maintained across the bay. So that's our goal," Sanchez said. They will do a multitude of things. So they really want to fortify her."
There is a boom around the replica to contain any leaking fluids.
After Hurricane Harvey, the pumps failed because they didn't have any electricity. It took the Columbus Sailing Association several months and $20,000 in donations to get the ship back above water.
The Marina hopes to have the La Niña raised within two weeks for its trip across the bay.