EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCOLUMBUS SHIPS UPDATE
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Replicas Of Columbus Ships To Stay Extra Week In Charleston
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 23, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 8:51 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will remain in Charleston an extra week.
Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina arrived along the Kanawha River on Oct. 24. They were scheduled to be docked at Haddad Riverfront Park until departing on Nov. 5, but hundreds of schoolchildren had to cancel field trips this week due to superstorm Sandy.
The Charleston Gazette reports the ships will now stay in the city through Nov. 11.
The Nina replica was built by hand without the use of power tools. The Pinta replica was built recently in Brazil and is larger than the original.
The Pinta and the Nina were part of Columbus' fleet when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492.
Charleston's ship has come in, actually, make that two of them.
Replicas of the Columbus ships the Pinta and Nina arrived Wednesday afternoon and docked at Haddad Riverfront Park.
The ships will be available for public tours from Thursday through Nov. 5.
Eyewitness News was there to provide coverage of the ships as they made their way into the capital city.
Christopher Columbus will not be discovering Charleston, but some replicas of his ships will be.
Replicas of the Columbus ships the Pinta and the Nina will be docked at noon Wednesday at Haddad Riverfront Park. The ships will be available for public tours beginning Thursday and running through Nov. 5, according to a news release from the Columbus Foundation.
The Nina was built by hand, without the use of power tools, and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built, the foundation said. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil.
While the ships are in port, they will be available for self-guided tours. The prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students, ages 5-16. Children 4 and under will be admitted free. The ships will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. No reservations are necessary.
Teachers or groups who want to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship at 1-787-672-2152. There is a minimum of 15 for group tours, but there is no maximum. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.thenina.com.
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