FULTON - The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be docked at Midway Marina, 641 Joe Wheeler Brown Road, until their departure early Monday morning. The ships will be open for tours by the public.
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.” In 2005, the Pinta, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil. It was the first ship to sight land in the New 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, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary.
For more information, go to www.ninapinta.org.