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April 17, 2014

Replicas of Columbus’ ships arrive in Georgetown

Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships the Nina and Pinta, are docked at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown for public tours.

Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships the Nina and Pinta, are docked at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown for public tours.

The ships docked on Wednesday and will remain in Georgetown through Sunday. The ships are open for tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The Nina is an exact replica of Columbus' ship with a 65 foot deck at 75 tons and has a sailing area of 1,919 square feet. The Pinta is longer and wider than the original with an 85 foot deck at 101 tons and has a sailing area of 3,800 square feet. The event is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands. The foundation is supported by tour fees.

The purpose of the foundation is to educate the public on the type of ship Columbus used in his exploration mission in 1492. The ships tour ten months a year to about 40 different locations around the nation. The third of Columbus' ships, the Santa Maria, is much larger and would need twice as much water depth so it is not on the tours.

Guided tours last about 30 minutes. Teachers and organizations interested in tours should call 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com, for information.

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