2018-03-01 / Features

Orange Beach to welcome Columbus

On Friday, March 2, replicas of Columbus’ ships the Pinta and the Nina will be open to the public in Orange Beach, Ala. The ships will be docked at The Wharf at 23101 Canal Road until their departure early Tuesday morning, March 6.

The Nina replica 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 replica, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil. The original Pinta 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 New World. Before his travels, the Old World and the New World remained separate and distinct continents, but ever since, their fates have been bound, for better or for worse.

While the ships are in port, the public is invited to visit 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 years old and younger will be admitted free of charge.

The ships will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule 30-minute guided tours with a crew member, for a minimum of 15 visitors, should call (787) 672-2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com. The charge will be $5 each and there is no maximum number.

Visit the website at www.ninapinta.org.

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