Columbus Ships Sail to Muskegon

August 19, 2011


As published in the Grand Haven Tribune

Muskegon

The Pinta and Nina, replicas of the Columbus ships, are scheduled to arrive at the Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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 its travels. It is a larger version of the archetypal caravel, which historians consider “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 New World.

Their homeport is the British Virgin Islands and they are operated by The Columbus Foundation.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5-16. Children age 4 and under are free.

The ships will be open Aug. 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ships are scheduled to depart from the marina, 1920 Lakeshore Drive, on Aug. 29.

The Nina visited Grand Haven in August 2004.
I visited the Nina when it came to Grand Haven. This is worth seeing.

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