History to dock at Tin City, Nina, Pinta replicas

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A replica of the historical the Columbus voyage ship, the Pinta, makes its way into Naples Bay on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Nina, accompanied by a replica of the Pinta,  will be docked at Tin City for 10 days. Allie Garza/Staff

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A replica of the historical the Columbus voyage ship, the Pinta, makes its way into Naples Bay on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Nina, accompanied by a replica of the Pinta, will be docked at Tin City for 10 days. Allie Garza/Staff

Nina and Pinta dock in Naples

Traveling museums share history with public

Experience history firsthand when replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships Nina and Pinta dock at Tin City from April 1st through the 10th. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for walk-aboard self-guided tours.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools, and was called by Archaeology magazine “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery. The ‘Nina’ was used in the production of the film ‘1492’ starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.

General admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 60+), $6 ages 5-16 and children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at (787) 672-2152 or email columfnd@surfbvi.com to make arrangements.

Cruise Naples is the docking sponsor with Naples Waterfront Association and Pincher’s Crab Shack acting as media sponsors for the event. For additional ‘Nina’ and ‘Pinta’ at Tin City information, please visit http://www.thenina.com.

The forces behind getting these monumental ships to Tin City, Captains Lance and Harry Julian of Cruise Naples have worked closely with the Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF). The Foundation will be volunteering to man the operations of the ships for the duration of their dockage. They will also be coordinating A Day of Pirates’ Treasure on April 9th.

A Day of Pirates’ Treasure will be held at Tin City on April 9th from 10 AM to 6 PM. Open to the public, the one-day event will provide a variety of activities for kids and families to enjoy including a magic show, children’s pirate costume contest, face painting, free cruise for kids in costume from Cruise Naples, pirate themed movie viewing, scavenger hunt and more. Admission is free and all proceeds from the event (excluding Niña & Pinta earnings) will be donated to support the Freedom Waters Foundation.

Freedom Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance lives by providing boating opportunities and marine related activities for people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk and others with special needs. The various programs developed by Freedom Waters help accomplish this mission and include adaptive sailing and fishing, Weller Days (named after co-founder, John Weller, 4 time cancer survivor and yacht broker) yacht outings, and special events. For more information, please visit http://www.freedomwatersfoundation.org.

Found in 2009 by Captains Lance and Harry Julian, a father and son team, Cruise Naples summarizes five generations of maritime connections. The company offers sightseeing and sunset cruises, deep sea fishing tours, jet-ski water adventures and boat rentals as well as special occasion and group charters.

Centrally located at the corner of 12th Street S. and 6th Avenue S. in Tin City, Cruise Naples resides in the heart of Downtown Naples, directly off of US 41. For more information on reserving a space on one of their sea excursions, contact them directly at (239) 263-4949 or visit the website at http://www.cruisenaplesflorida.com.

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