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Get your spyglass ready, arrival time for the Niña and Pinta announced

The Niña and Pinta. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy WILMINGTON HARBOR ENHANCEMENT TRUST)
The Niña and Pinta. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy WILMINGTON HARBOR ENHANCEMENT TRUST)

WILMINGTON — The tall ships Niña and Pinta are expected to arrive in downtown Wilmington at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, according to the Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust (WHET).

Docking downtown, the ships will be open for tours from Thursday, May 11 until Sunday, May 21. The ships will be docked at the Port City Marina, between the Wilmington Convention Center and Pier 33, according to the Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust.

The Niña has been called “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built,” by Archeology Magazine. According to WHET, the Columbus Foundation recreated two of the three caravel-style ships. The foundation’s Niña and Pinta replicas tour together as “sailing museums” for the purpose of educating the public, especially children, on life aboard a caravel.

Archaeology magazine has called the Niña “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY WILMINGTON HARBOR ENHANCEMENT TRUST)
Archaeology magazine has called the Niña “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY WILMINGTON HARBOR ENHANCEMENT TRUST)

The ships will be open for tours for individuals, groups, and sponsored events. Tickets are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors/Military, and $6 for children 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. During its stay in Wilmington, the Pinta is available for private parties and charters.

Group tours of 15 or more are available for school groups, museums, scouts, and camps for $5 per person. Group tours need to book in advance.

Tickets are available online at http://www.wilmingtondocks.com/ and will also be on sale at Port City Marina on the days of the tours. Tours are May 11 – 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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