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Nina and Pinta arrive in Hudson

The Nina replica, left, and the Pinta arrived in Hudson Thursday afternoon and will be docked in Lakefront Park until July 10.

The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, dock at the Hudson City Docks, 90 Walnut St., Thursday afternoon and will be on display until their departure early Wednesday morning, July 10.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Pinta was built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour 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 a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day beginning June 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  No reservations are necessary.

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Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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