The “Pinta” and the “Niña,” replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships will be open for touring in Grafton beginning tomorrow. The ships will be docked at the Loading Dock until they leave town on Memorial Day. You can take a walk-aboard, self-guided tour every day of the week. It's $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students 5-18. Children 4 and under are free.
The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Brett Stawar says they were a bit nervous when the flood waters came along, but all is well now.
The Niña 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 Niña on all of her travels. 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. The ships are scheduled to arrive today at Noon in Grafton.