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Pinta and Nina to land in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ky. — On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrive in Ashland. The ships will be docked at the Riverfront Park until their departure Thursday, Nov. 12.

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 and was 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 to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9-a.m.-5 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com. There is a minimum of 15 at $5 per person with no maximum. Visit www.ninapinta.org.