ROGERSVILLE — The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville for tours this week October 31-November 3. They will depart early Monday morning on November 4 toward Fulton, MS.

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’, 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 early explorers to discover the world. Before him, 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.

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. Admission for children 4 and under is free. The ships are open every day from 9am-5pm. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787-672-2152 or email The minimum is 15 at $5 per person. No maximum. Visit the website at for more information.