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Columbus nostalgia again delayed — flooding puts off replicas until June 6

High water levels that earlier delayed the arrival of the Nina and Pinta replica ships in Grafton have done it again. The ships now will appear at the Loading Dock restaurant June 6 to 16, sponsors announced.

nina2It is the second time the appearance has been pushed back.

The Nina (shown in a previous appearance) and Pinta will dock at The Loading Dock, 401 Front St. Tours 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. 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.”

Water crested last week in Grafton but more rains are threatening to send the waters up again in the community week.

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