Discover Your Inner Explorer: Visit the Nina and Pinta Ships at The Wharf
February 28, 2018
If you're currently reading this, it's safe to say that you weren't alive during Christopher Columbus's maiden Transatlantic voyage. It's been nearly 526 years since that first fleet, consisting of three ships, traveled across vast open waters in search of new land.
Fortune seems to favor us here at The Wharf because realistic reproductions of two of Columbus's illustrious vessels, the Nina and Pinta, will come to port this weekend at our very own marina - and you're all welcome on deck!
These replicas were built by hand, without the use of modern-day tools. Can you imagine the amount of patience and craftsmanship that went into the construction process? It would be similar to that of the original shipbuilders. Both vessels are known as caravels, or small yet quick Portuguese sailing boats developed in the 1400s.
The original versions of the Nina and Pinta have yet to be uncovered. While the likely sunken locations are unknown, you can wander aboard the next best thing right here on the Intracoastal, thanks to the The Columbus Foundation and their efforts to preserve the past with continued education.
Self-guided tours through the wooden replicas will begin this Friday, March 2nd and continue through Monday, March 5th. The official farewell departure from The Wharf is set for Tuesday morning, so make sure you and your gang sail down before then. This is a once-in-a-lifetime historic experience for all ages!
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