History sails into Fishermen’s Village Marina (1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda) later this month when replicas of Columbus’ “Pinta” and “Nina” ships dock for a few days and will be open to the public on March 29 through April 3, 2013.
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.” The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil to accompany the ‘Nina’ on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the fifteenth century.
Both ships will be touring together as an 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 public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. The prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $6 for students 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and no reservations are necessary.
The ships will depart Fishermen’s Village early in the morning of April 4.
Visit www.thenina.com for additional information.