2018-06-01 / Features

TWO Coming By SEA

On Thursday, June 7, the Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will open in Perdido Key. The ships will be docked at Perdido Key Oyster Bar and Restaurant at 13700 River Road in Pensacola until their departure early Monday morning, June 11.

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 as a replica of 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 who sought to explore the world by sea. Before Columbus, the Old World and the New World remained separate and distinct continents, but ever since that time, their fates have been bound together, for better or for worse.

While the ships are in port, the public is invited to visit them 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 years old. Children ages 4 and younger are admitted without charge. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 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 people should call (787) 672-2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com. The charge for such tours is $5 each. There is no maximum number for such a tour.

For more information, visit the website at www.ninapinta.org.

The ships arrive on Wednesday, June 6th and there will be a private viewing of the ships for the media after docking.

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