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Discover Columbus’ Ships in Demopolis AL

Replica’s of explorer Christopher Columbus’ ships “The Pinta” and “The Nina” will open June 21 in Demopolis.

The ships will be docked at Demopolis Yacht Basin, 130 Yacht Basin Drive, until their departure early Monday morning, June 25.

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 educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New World remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5-6. Children 4 and under are admitted free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 3-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 787 672 2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com Minimum of 15; $5 per person. No maximum. Visit the website at www.ninapinta.org

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