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Replica Columbus ships sail past Huntington to dock in Parkersburg

The Herald-Dispatch

The Nina sails past the Guyandotte boat ramp as she and her sister ship, the Pinta, journey up the Ohio River on Wednesday.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Shorten Singer)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Nina and the Pinta, sailed past Huntington on the Ohio River on Wednesday on their way to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where they are expected to dock around 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Point Park.

The Nina replica was built by hand, without the use of power tools, and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.

The Pinta was built recently in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians describe the caravel, a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship, as the space shuttle of the 15th century.

The ships will be open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until they depart Parkersburg on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are admitted free.

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