Replicas Of Columbus' Ships Dock At Beaufort

Replicas of two of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World are going on display in here in Eastern Carolina.

The "Nina" and the "Pinta" came into Beaufort Friday afternoon. The ships will be docked at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Pier until their departure on May 23.

The Columbus Foundation says the "Nina" was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. The "Pinta" was built recently in Brazil to accompany the other ship.

Both ships will be touring together as a "sailing museum" to educate the public and school children on a "caravel," a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers.

The ships will open to the public on Saturday May 14th and will be open every day through May 22nd. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

While in port, the general public are invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.


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  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on May 16, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    Amazing time. Glad we went to see! Crew was great, ships were wonderful. A true "experience". So much hate here..w-ow! :-(
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      by Agreed on May 19, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      We went and loved it as well. Very interesting. Young crewman on Nina was a great source of information. Very informative to hear him talk about living on the boat and working on it. My only disappointment was not being able to tour below. I certainly understand because the crew lives there all the time, but I sure was interested in seeing the below deck area. They did have photos though. I homeschool and was able to let my child walk on what he'd been learning about. They said there had been zilch in the way of school group interest. What a shame. Very appreciative for the chance to get to see these ships. The ships are self-supporting, thus the fees. The fee was not for the Maritime Museum.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on May 13, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    Are they going to tell use how none of the ships or the discovery of America would have been possible with our African American slaves or Muslim science. Obviously I am fully aware that current historical records indicate it was discovered many times previous and Columbus did not intentionally set out for the Continent the first time so please spare me the history lesson.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on May 13, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    I was wondering if they were trying to find India like Chris Columbus and just got lost too.
  • by Whazzup? Location: Ayden on May 13, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    While they may have been built without the use of power tools, they definitely had a power plant. Saw them motoring up the InterCoastal Waterway at more than wind power. When I was in Barcelona, Spain in 1980, the had replicas of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria without an admission fee. The admission fees at Beaufort are steep.
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      by B on May 18, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to Whazzup?
      $8 isn't steep...
  • by JD on May 13, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    those prices are too steep with this economy. i know i cant afford nearly $30 for my family just to walk on a ship. thats insane
  • by Bubba on May 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Here is their web site... It has that info... http://www.thenina.com/schedule.htm
  • by WITN on May 13, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    You can tour the ships. We added information about the dates, times and fees into the story.
  • by Day Trip Location: ENC on May 13, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Does anyone know if there will be a charge to the public?
  • by Jenny on May 13, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Does anyone know if you can get on the boats and tour them? I wish the story indicated this. Thanks to anyone who may know.
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