By Charlene Bielema
CLINTON — Replicas of the Nina and Pinta pulled into the Clinton Marina this afternoon, with residents lining Riverview Drive to catch a glimpse of the ships.
They arrived around 1:15 p.m., first the Pinta followed minutes later by the Nina, as they traveled north up the Mississippi River. See a video of their arrival by clicking here.
Children could be heard yelling "Ahoy Matey" from the shoreline, with the ships' personnel responding in kind.
The ships will be open to tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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 the many early explorers to discover the world.
The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. The Pinta was built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the 15th Century. The ships have been praised as the most historically correct Columbus replicas ever built.
While in Clinton, 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, $6 for students ages 5 to 16 and children 4 and younger are free.
No reservations are necessary. On Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, Candlelight Inn will be selling a hotdog box with potato chips and a water or soda for $5, or a bratwurst with chips and drink for $6.
For more information on the ships and their journey, visit www.thenina.com