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Norwich – Replicas of Columbus’ ships, “Nina” and “Pinta” will make their way up the Thames River Wednesday morning and are expected to arrive in Norwich at 11 a.m. for five days of public tours wrapped around the annual Riverfest celebration Saturday.
The ships will be docked at the Marina at American Wharf, until their departure early Wednesday morning June 4. Riverfest, sponsored by the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park.
The ships, owned by the Columbus Foundation, will open to the public Thursday through next Tuesday. Tours are self-guided, but crew members will be stationed on deck to answer questions. Admission is $8, for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are admitted free.
The ships will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule 30-minute guided tours with a crew member should call (787) 672 2152 or visit the website www.thenina.com to fill out an online form. Minimum of 15 participants required, and admission is $5 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The “Nina” was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. The “Pinta” was built recently in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel style ship sailed by Columbus.