June 11, 2009
Columbus Replica Ships 'Pinta' and 'Nina' Will Land in Oswego June 17
Oswego, N.Y. -- The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus' ships, will sail into Oswego Harbor Wednesday, June 17. The ships will be docked at the Westside Pier, adjacent to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, from Wednesday until their departure early Monday morning, June 22. Both ships will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 21.
The ships are owned by the Columbus Foundation and are touring together as a new sailing museum to educate the public and school children about the 'caravel,' a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers. They will sail from Kingston, NY to Oswego, and from Oswego will travel across the Great Lakes to Algonac, MI and several other Great Lakes destinations.
The Nina was built completely by hand, 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 recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours, with a 900-square foot main salon down below to view slide shows of the ship’s construction. The Pinta is available for private parties while in port.
The public is invited to visit the ships for self-guided tours. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children. Children age four and under are free. No reservations are necessary.
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 group size is 15 and group admission rate is $3 per person. For additional information visit www.thenina.com.
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