Maysville to see replicas of Columbus' ships

2012-11-11T21:00:00Z Maysville to see replicas of Columbus' shipsCHRISTY HOOTS Ledger Independent
November 11, 2012 9:00 pm  • 

The Nina and Pinta will be docking at Maysville's Limestone Landing on Thursday, Nov. 22.

The ships were originally scheduled to dock at the landing Nov. 16-25.  However, they were delayed in Charleston, N.C., due to Superstorm Sandy.

According to, the Nina ship is "the most historically accurate Columbus ship replica ever built."

The building plans originated in 1986 as a celebration for the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first encounter with the new world, according to the website.  But, as there were no known pictures of the Nina, the builders had to do extensive research in order to build the ship to what the original one actually looked like.

The Pinta, a larger replica of Columbus' ship, launched from Brazil in 2005 and joined the Nina on her voyages.  The Pinta has a larger deck for walk-on tours.  It can also be booked for private parties and charters.

According to the release sent out by A.J. Sanger, of the Columbus Foundation, "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."

According to Maysville Director of Tourism and Revitalization Duff Giffen, this will be the third time the Nina has docked in Maysville and the second time both ships have docked.

"It's amazing to see the amount of interest in the ships," Giffen said.  "The last time they were here it was Thanksgiving Day and they arrived a little after 4 in the afternoon.  I went out to greet the ship and by the time I got there about 75 people were already waiting to see them dock.  Apparently, they had shot off a cannon, which had attracted the crowd."

Giffen said she is excited to have the ships return to Maysville and she knows the residents are as well. 

"It's getting colder when they get here and no one seems to mind it," she said.  "The school children brave the cold and so do the families.  The school groups are especially large.  These kids learn about Columbus in school, but to actually see how they lived while traveling is different.  It's great for everyone and it's a good education."

The ships will be docked at Limestone Landing from Nov. 22-Dec. 3 and open  each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in touring the ships does not need to make a reservation.  However, group and school tours, with a minimum of 15, can call 787-672-2152 and set up a time.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 60 and over, $6 for students age 5 to 16 and children 4 and under are free.  Groups with 15 or more are $5 per person.

There will also be a gift shop available for those wishing to purchase mementos.

Anyone wishing to learn the history behind the Nina or Pinta can go to the Columbus Foundations' website at

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