Colum­bus ship repli­cas sail into Mis­sis­sippi har­bor

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - COMMUNITY - By Stacey Plai­sance

BILOXI, MISS. >> With about a dozen spec­ta­tors lin­ing a pier on Mis­sis­sippi’s Gulf Coast and aim­ing their phones out to the hori­zon, the Niña and Pinta sailed Wed­nes­day into a Biloxi har­bor.

Christo­pher Colum­bus sailed across the At­lantic on the Niña on his three voy­ages of dis­cov­ery to the New World be­gin­ning in 1492.

The orig­i­nal Niña was last heard from in 1501, but the replica, which was fin­ished in 1991, serves as a float­ing mu­seum. It was built en­tirely by hand, with­out the use of power tools, and is con­sid­ered to be the most his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate Colum­bus ship replica ever built.

The Pinta replica was built in Brazil and launched in 2005 to ac­com­pany the Niña on trav­els. It’s a larger ver­sion of the ar­che­typal “car­avel,” the term for a Por­tuguese ship used by Colum­bus and many early ex­plor­ers.

While in port, the ships will be open for pub­lic tours, be­gin­ning Thurs­day. They are sched­uled to leave Biloxi on Mon­day morn­ing.

Af­ter a week-long stop in Gulf Shores, Alabama, be­gin­ning March 4, the ships will head to Florida, where they have sched­uled stops in Fort Wal­ton Beach, Venice, Vero Beach and Fer­nan­d­ina Beach.

PHO­TOS BY STACEY PLAI­SANCE — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Spec­ta­tors watch as a replica of one of Christo­pher Colum­bus’ ships, the Pinta, is moored on Wed­nes­day in Biloxi, Miss.

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