Replicas of Christoper Columbus’ The Niña and Pinta are coming to Newport this June.

The Columbus Foundation is sailing the two vessels from Florida to Newport as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’.

The replica ships started their journey in Perdido Key, Florida on March 1st. Currently, in Beaufort, South Carolina, the ships will next head to Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Cape May, New Jersey; Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Hartford, Connecticut before arriving in Newport on June 16th.

The ships will dock at Fort Adams State Park from June 16th – 25th and will be open for tours from 9 am to 6 pm daily. General admission tours are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (age 60+), $6.00 for children age 5-16 and age 4 and under are free.

The Niña is a 65-foot 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 Niña has a different mission. The Nina is an exact replica of the original, she is regarded as the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built.

Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. At 85 feet long, she is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40 ft air conditioned main cabin down below with seating. The Pinta was built 15 feet longer and 8 feet wider than the original, so she can accommodate more people, and be used for dockside charters/events.

The Columbus Foundation’s aim is to educate the public on the type of ship, the “caravel”, that Columbus used to discover a new world in the year 1492. Columbus made 4 voyages totaling 12 years on ships like these.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).