The replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Santa “Nina” Clara and the Pinta will visit Maysville just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Maysville-Mason County Tourism Director Lacey Holleran said the ships will arrive at Limestone Landing on Nov. 19 between noon and 4 p.m. They will be open for tours Nov. 20-22.
“The 22nd of November is Thanksgiving and they have told me that they will be open for tours that day,” she said.
Holleran said she is excited to see the ships returning for the first time since 2015.
“We’re always excited to have any historical entity in Maysville,” she said. “Thanksgiving is a perfect time to have them here visiting with the children off school for the holiday and families spending time together. The Nina and the Pinta will be something fun that everyone can enjoy visiting.”
According to www.thenina.com, the Nina ship is “the most historically accurate Columbus ship replica ever built.”
The building plans originated in 1986 as a celebration for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first encounter with the new world, according to the website. But, as there were no known pictures of the Nina, the builders had to do extensive research in order to build the ship to what the original one actually looked like.
The Nina is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the New World beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Nina has a different mission. It is a floating museum, and visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere.
The Pinta was built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of its travels. It’s is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40 foot air conditioned main cabin down below with seating. Pinta is available for private parties and charters, according to the website.
Maysville is currently listed as the last stop for the Nina and Pinta on thenina.com. Other ports include Cincinnati/Newport, Louisville, Owensboro, Ashland, as well as cities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida, Ohio and Mississippi.
The general admission for adults is $8.50 and the $7.50 for seniors. Children ages five to 16 is $6.50. Children ages four and under are free. Tickets will be available for purchase when the ships arrive.
For information and school group bookings, call 787-672-2152.