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Flooding delays arrival of replicas of Columbus’ ships in Grafton

High water levels on the Mississippi River have delayed the Grafton arrival of the Nina and Pinta replica ships. The ships are now planned to dock at the Loading Dock May 31 through June 9.

nina2The Nina and Pinta will dock at The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton Friday, May 31, and depart Sunday, June 9. Tours of the replica ships will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $6.50 for students ages 5 to 16 and children 4 and under are free. No reservations are necessary.

The Nina is a replica of the ship Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world. He said the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. The new Nina is now a floating museum and visits ports all across the Western Hemisphere.

The Pinta, a larger version of the caravel style ship, was recently built in Brazil and now accompanies the Nina. It includes a larger deck space for tours and includes a 40-foot air conditioned main cabin.

Archaeology Magazine calls The Nina “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”

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