‘Pinta’ and ‘Nina’ head to Muskogee

On November 22, the “Pinta” and the “Nina” –  replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Muskogee.  The ships will be docked at Port Authority of Muskogee, 5201 Three Forks Road, until their departure December 4.

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. The original Pinta was the first ship to sight 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.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors and $6 for students 5-16.   Children 4 and under are free.  The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crewmember should call 1-787-672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com.  A minimum of 15 is required for a group and admission is $5 per person.  For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org.