Monday, January 02, 2006


Columbus Replica Ship 'Nina' In Clearwater


CLEARWATER - On Thursday, Dec. 22, a replica of Columbus' favorite ship will open in Clearwater. The 'Nina' will be docked at the Clearwater Municipal Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd., until her departure on the evening of Jan. 4.

Built completely by hand and without the use of any power tools, Archaeology magazine called the ship 'the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.' The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery. The 'Nina' was used in the production of the film '1492,' starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.

The 'Nina' was built in Bahia, Brazil by the Columbus Foundation which is based in the British Virgin Islands. The ship has been touring continually since 1992 as a '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.

While in port, the general public can visit the ship for a walk aboard self-guided tour every day of the week. The prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children 4 and under are free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided group tour with a crew member can call the ship at 1 787 421 0402, or email Minimum of 15. Visit our website at for additional information.


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