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Columbus ships to land in Muskegon and South Haven

Replicas of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed—the Nina (left) and Pinta (right) will dock at Heritage Landing in Muskegon next week. Photo from the Columbus Foundation, British Virgin Islands.


On Thursday, August 24, the Nina and Pinta—historical replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships—will arrive in Muskegon, and open to the public on Friday, August 25. The ships will be docked at Heritage Landing, 200 Heisman Harbor, until they depart early Wednesday morning, August 30.

After they leave Muskegon, the ships will sail to South Haven, and open on Thursday, August 31. They will be docked at the Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., until their departure early Tuesday morning, September 5.

The Nina 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 recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century.

Both ships will be touring together as an 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.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. In Muskegon, the prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $6 for students 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

In South Haven, visitors can experience self-guided tours aboard both ships while at the Museum docks as well as all exhibits at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Tickets will be available at the Museum daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are no advanced tickets available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children (under 4 free). Make history come alive at the Michigan Maritime Museum!

As large crowd are expected at this event, the Museum has secured free off-site parking at South Haven High School. There will also be a free shuttle available Saturday-Monday from 9am to 5 pm to pick up and drop off visitors at the Museum.

To accommodate these amazing vessels, the Museum’s own tall ship Friends Good Will will be docked at the South Haven south municipal marina August 30-September 4 and all ticket holders will depart and return to that dock. The Museum will also be operating river cruiser Lindy Lou on the regular schedule, a great opportunity to see these ships from the water!

For more information on this event in South Haven, visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org or call 269-637-8078.

For more info, visit www.ninapinta.org.

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