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The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will return to the Shoals on Wednesday, July 17.

FLORENCE – The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will return to the

Shoals on Wednesday, July 17. They will dock at Florence Harbor Marina on Clayborn Liles Drive 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. In 2005, the Pinta, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World.

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 other early explorers to discover the world. Before Columbus the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

The general public is invited to visit the ships while they are in port 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. Admission for children 4 and under is free. The ships are open every day from 9am-6pm. 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 ninapintatour@gmail.com . Minimum of 15 persons at $5 per person. No Maximum. Visit our website at www.ninapinta.org.