Two-thirds of Christopher Columbus' fleet will be docking in Hannibal on Tuesday, August 23. The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will then open to the public on Wednesday, August 24, in Hannibal.  The ships will be docked at Cedar Street Landing, 100 Center Street, until their departure early Monday morning August 29th.

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 site land in the New World.    Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth 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. Before him, the Old World and the New 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 $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors and $6.00 for students 5 to 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations 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. Minimum of 15 people is required at $5.00 per person.  There is no Maximum. For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org.