Some people may think I am old enough to have been ON the Nina or Pinta when it ran into Plymouth Rock, but I really missed that trip by a few years. However Fulton’s Folly somehow rings a bell. Regardless, here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience sailing ships similar to those Columbus and his gang used to discover our great country.
On Friday July 23rd, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships will open in Winona, Minnesota.
The ships will be docked at the Levee Park in Winona until their departure early Monday morning August 2nd.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools, and was called by Archaeology magazine “ the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery. The ‘Nina’ was used in the production of the film ‘1492’ starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.
The ‘Pinta’ was built in Brazil to accompany the ‘Nina’ on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 900 sq. ft. main salon down below to view slide shows of the ships’ construction. The Pinta is available for private parties while in port.
Both ships will be touring 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.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for walk-aboard self-guided tours. The ship is open every day from 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.
The prices are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and $5.00 for children. Children 4 and under are Free.Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at 787 672 2152. Minimum of 15. $4.00 per person .