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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