Deadline extended to help restore Harvey-damaged La Nina

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo photo, crews prepare the La Nina before raising it from the bottom of the bay at Lawrence Street T-head in Corpus Christi, Texas. The replica Columbus ship sank when Hurricane Harvey struck Corpus Christi in late August 2017. Corpus Christi officials on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, announced a Feb. 22, 2019, deadline for groups interested in saving La Nina. Previous deadline was Sept. 28. (Casey Jackson /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP, File)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas city has extended a deadline to find someone to preserve and restore a Hurricane Harvey-damaged replica of a ship used by explorer Christopher Columbus.

Corpus Christi officials on Tuesday announced a Feb. 22, 2019, deadline for groups interested in saving La Nina (NEEN’-yuh). Previous deadline was Sept. 28.

La Nina is docked at Corpus Christi Marina as a tourist attraction. La Nina’s owner, the volunteer Columbus Sailing Association, can no longer maintain the ship that partly sank last year during Harvey.

Marina superintendent Gina Sanchez said Tuesday that no written offers were received. She clarified ownership of La Nina will be transferred, with no exchange of money.

La Nina was built by Spain in the 1980s marking the 500th anniversary of the Columbus voyage to the New World.

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