Replicas of Columbus' ships pulling in at Green Turtle Bay

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The Nina (left) and the Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships, will be in port on display at Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina in Grand Rivers Thursday through June 23. The floating museums are open for people to tour.

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' three ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 will be in port on display at Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina in Grand Rivers from Thursday through June 23. Replicas of the Niña and the Pinta are floating museums open for people to tour.

Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students age 5-16. Children 4 and under are admitted free. The ships will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The ships were caravels, small, maneuverable ships that were developed by the Portuguese in the 15th century for exploration of West Africa and the New World. The replicas are sponsored by the Columbus Foundation, whose aim is to educate the public about the types of ships Columbus used to explore the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The replica of the Niña -- Columbus' favorite of the three ships -- was built to exact measurements of the original caravel and has been called the most accurate reproduction of the ship. The Pinta was built 15 feet longer and 8 feet wider than the original to accommodate more people.

The Santa Maria, the flagship of Columbus' voyages, would be too big to easily navigate the inland rivers and several ports therein.

For more information about the sailing replicas, visit thenina.com.

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