Nina and Pinta Replica Ships Docked at Heritage Port for Columbus Day
WHEELING, W.Va -
In honor of Columbus Day, two life size replicas of two of his ships are docked along Wheeling's waterfront this weekend.
The Nina and the Pinta are tied up at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre. Individuals and families are turning out for tours of the historic vessels, and to learn more about how Columbus and his men managed to cross the ocean in such small and primitive sailing ships.
The captain says they were built to historical accuracy.
"We did a lot of research in the archives of Spain, Portugal and Italy," he says. " We dove on shipwrecks in the Bahamas that dated to 1504 and 1506. Then we built in Brazil where the people didn't use paper drawings or anything, just the mind of the master shipbuilder. It took six years to finish both ships."
The ships are going to be anchored in Wheeling all weekend. There is a small fee for going aboard.