This Thursday, June 5, the Nina and the Pinta, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrive in Bristol. The ships will be docked at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside St., and will be open to the public beginning Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, departing Monday, June 9.
Built completely by hand (and without power tools), the Nina has been called “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel, the Portuguese ship used by Columbus and considered by historians to be the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students aged 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. Organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member (15 person minimum) should call 787/672-2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.thenina.com for more information.