Famous ship replicas dock in Marco

The Nina is a replica of the ship Columbus sailed across the Atlantic in 1492.

Steve Stefanides
sstefanides@comcast.net
The Pinta is seen shortly after docking with sister replica ship, the Nina, at Rose Marina on Marco.

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta ships, on which Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, will be on display at the Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Visiting times are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Nina is a replica of the ship Columbus sailed across the Atlantic in 1492. In all, he made three voyages to the New World on the ship, and logged 25,000 miles on those voyages of discovery.

It was built completely by hand without the use of power tools.

Both ships serve as floating museums and educational centers to keep the history of those early voyages alive.

The ships are owned by the Columbus Foundation, and receive no governmental funding. Instead, they rely solely on donations and ticket sales from viewing by visitors.

This view of the ship gives an idea of the complex rigging.

The boats most recently were in the Florida Panhandle, visiting the St. Marks area, and will leave Marco Sunday evening to travel to Vero Beach.

Tickets are $8 for tours of both boats. Seniors are $7 and children 5-16 are $6. Ages 4 and under are free.