Sunday, October 23, 2005


Replica of Columbus' ship to dock in Maysville

By Misty Maynard
October 21, 2005

Lauded as a great opportunity for a history lesson, a replica of Christopher Columbus' favorite ship, the Nina, will arrive in Maysville mid-November.

The "most historically correct Columbus replica ever built," according to Archaeology magazine, the Nina was built by the Columbus Foundation based in the British Virgin Islands. It was used in production of the film "1492," and has been travelling since 1992 as a sailing museum, according to information from the foundation. It arrives in Maysville Nov. 10 and will be open to the public until its departure Nov. 16.

Docking at Limestone Landing, Tourism Director Duff Giffen said the foundation contacted her recently with the request to stop. According to Giffen, the foundation hopes schools will take advantage of the Nina's presence to offer students a history lesson.

"It's a great educational opportunity for the community," said Giffen.

Also considered another excellent tourism opportunity, individuals from the general public can come on board for a self-guided tour every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teachers who would like to bring their class through can schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member by calling 787-421-0402 or emailing

According to information from the foundation, the Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of any power tools. The foundation's Web site,, stated there are three reasons why people should tour the ship. First, to see a "near-perfect example of a type of sailing ship ... of such clean, sculptured, honest design." Another reason would be to "get a feeling" for Columbus himself, or to stand on one of the truest replicas built so far.

"We're just excited it's coming," said Giffen.Cost for the tour is $5 per adult, $4 for a senior citizen and $3 for students. Children 4 years old and under tour for free.

In addition to calling the foundation, people can call Giffen for more information at 606-564-9419.

Contact Misty Maynard at or call 606-564-9091, ext. 274.


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