GRAFTON — The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open to the public on Friday, May 27.
The ships will be docked The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., until their departure early Monday morning, June 6.
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 and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. 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. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together.
While in port, the 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 younger are free. The ships are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. No reservations are necessary.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call (787) 672-2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a minimum of 15, $5 per person and no maximum. For information, visit ninapinta.org.