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Norwich – Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Nina and the Pinta, will visit Norwich from May 29 through June 3 and will be open for tours at the Marina at American Wharf, the Columbus Foundation announced Thursday.
The ships tour together as a "sailing museum" with crews on board educating the public and schoolchildren on the Portuguese ships used by Columbus and many early world explorers, the foundation said in a press release announcing the Norwich tour.
The ships' visit will coincide with the annual Riverfest event on May 31.
While the ships are in port, the general public is invited to a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are admitted free.
The ships will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 through June 3, and they will depart Norwich early on June 4.
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. For groups with a minimum of 15 people, admission will be $5 per person. For more information on group tours, go to the website www.thenina.com.
The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all travels. The ship is a larger version of the archetypal caravel-style ship of the 15th century.