Niña and Pinta Journey to Carrabelle

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By: Matt Galka

Carrabelle, FL - Two of Christopher Columbus's ships, the Niña and the Pinta, made landfall in Carrabelle, FL Thursday.

The Niña is a full scale replica of the ship from 1492 that sailed the ocean blue (as many elementary school children could rhyme to you) but Columbus' ships weren't equipped with radio and GPS like the replica is.

"Well this is uncharted territory for me, I've been to most places in the United States but I've never been to here," said the Nina's captain Stephen Sanger. "We travel all around the United States, we do the Gulf Coast, East Coast, and the Midwestern system all in an 11 month cycle."

The crew lives underneath the ship for almost the whole year as it travels from port to port.

"You're looking at the only traveling Columbus replica. The Nina was constructed using only hand tools using the same techniques they used that dated back over 500 years ago. So people get to come out, tour both ships set up like museums, and learn a little bit more about Columbus then they did before," said Sanger.

The two ships will be on display from Friday, February 22nd through Wednesday, February 27th. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moorings Marina in Carrabelle, FL. Adults are $8, senior citizens are $7, kids are $6, and children under four are free.

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