The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 17, 2013

Nina, Pinta beckon Limestone residents

By Jean Cole

— How would you like to walk aboard a hand-built replica of one of Columbus’ ships?

Limestone County residents and students can do so this week when replicas of the “Pinta” and the “Nina” arrive in Decatur harbor.

The ships will dock Wednesday at Riverwalk Marina at 3755 U.S. 31 North until their departure early Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The public can tour them beginning Thursday. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., no reservations required.

The “Nina” was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. The “Pinta” was built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel  “the space shuttle of the 15th century.”

While the ships are in port, the public may walk aboard for a self-guided tour of the ships. Prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children under 4 are admitted free.

Guided tour for groups

Teachers and groups wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crewmember should call the ship directly at 1-787-672-2152 or go online to, click “take a Tour” and fill in the online form. This requires a minimum of 15 people and no maximum. All groups are $5 per person regardless of age.

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