April 27, 2013 7:33:06 PM
On Thursday May 2, the Nina and Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships, will open in Columbus. The ships will be docked at the Columbus Marina, 295 Marina Drive, until their departure early Tuesday morning May 7.
The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship "the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built."
The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the 15th century.
Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced "sailing museum" for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under board at no charge. The ships will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour for a minimum of 15 people may call 787-672-2152 or email [email protected] Cost is $5 per person for guided group tours. Visit www.thenina.com