Davenport, IA - Friday, July 23, 2010 - On Friday, August 20th, the "Pinta" and the "Nina" replicas of Columbus' ships, will open in Davenport.  The ships will be docked at the Oneida Street Landing, at the foot of Bridge Street, until their departure early Monday morning, August 30th.

The "Nina" was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools and was called by Archaeology magazine "the most historically 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 Discover.  The "Nina" was used in the production of the film "1492" staring GerardDepardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.

The "Pinta" was built in Brazil to accompany the "Nina" on all her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-around tours and has a 900 sq. ft. salon down below to view slide shows of the ship's construction.  The "Pinta" is available for private parties while in dock.

Both ships will be touring together as a new and enhanced "sailing museum" for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the "Caravel," a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for walk-aboard self-guided tours.  The prices are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and $5.00 for children.  Children 4 and under are free.  The ship is open every day from 9:00 am until 6:00pm.  No reservations necessary.  Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at 787-672-2152.  Minimum of 15 per tour, $4.00 per person.  Visit our website at www.thenina.com for additional information.  The ships arrive Thursday, August 19th and there will be a private viewing for the media after docking.