The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Christopher Columbus’s ships, will be open for tours beginning Friday, Aug. 2, in Davenport.
The ships will be docked at Oneida Landing at the foot of Bridge Avenue next to the Boat House restaurant. While the ships are in port, the public is invited to visit for walk-aboard, self-guided tours. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students ages 5-16. Children age 4 and younger will be admitted free.
The ships will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until their departure early Aug. 12. No reservations are necessary.
Teachers or organizations that want to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 787-672-2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a minimum of 15 at $5 each. There is no maximum for these tours. Visit the website at thenina.com for more information.
The “Nina,” which was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools, was called “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built” by “Archaeology” magazine. The “Pinta” was built recently in Brazil to accompany the “Nina” on its travels.
The ships tour together as an enhanced “sailing museum” to educate the public and school children about the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many other early explorers.