On Wednesday, June 25, the Nina and the Pinta, replicas of Columbus' ships, will openfor tours; they are due to arrive the previous day. The ships will be docked at the Wayfarer Marine Corporation, 59 Sea St., until their departure early Tuesday morning, July 1.

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 a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel 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 world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charge will be $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students age 5 to 16; younger children are admitted free. The ships will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations who wish to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call (787) 672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com. Tours are a minimum of 15 at $5 per person (no maximum). For more information, visit thenina.com.