On Thursday, July 18, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Winona. The ships will be docked at Levee Park, E. Riverfront Street, until their departure early Wednesday morning, July 24.
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 built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the fifteenth 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 the ships are in port, the general public is invited to visit them for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and $6.00 for students 5 - 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum of 15 participants. $5.00 per person. No maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com
The ships arrive on Wednesday, July 17. There will a private media viewing of ships after docking.