Replica Columbus ships dock in Camden

By Dwight Collins | Jun 24, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins A replica of Christopher Columbus' ship The Pinta docks at the public landing in Camden June 24. Replica ships of both The Pinta and Nina are in Camden for a week to allow people to discover what it was like on board in 1492.

Camden — Replica ships of Nina and The Pinta sailed into Camden Harbor June 24 for a week-long stay to allow people of the Midcoast a glimpse of what it might have been like to sail as Christopher Columbus did.

The Nina replica is considered the most accurate Columbus ship ever built. The original ship sailed across the Atlantic on Columbus' three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492.  Columbus sailed the tiny ship more than 25,000 miles.

The replica ship has a different mission these days, as she serves as a floating museum that visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere.

The replica Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours. The Pinta has a 40-foot air-conditioned main cabin below, with seating.

While in Camden, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard, self-guided tours starting June 25; the ships will depart July 1. The price is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students 5 to 16 years old are $6. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or groups that wish to schedule a 30-minute guided tour should call the ship directly at 1(787)672-2125 or visit thenina.com and click on 'take a tour.' There is a minimum requirement of 15 people and all tours are $5 per person regardless of age.

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