Ahoy! Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus's ships, the Nina and Pinta, are docked at Baytowne Marina until June 5 as "floating museums" for kids and family members to enjoy.
Volunteers and crew members from the Columbus Foundation are on hand to answer questions about navigational gear, areas of the ship, and the how the ships were made to be the most historically accurate replica Portuguese caravals in Valenca, Brazil.
The ship builders used only axes, hand saws, and chisels to build both ships, no mechanical tools were used. It took 32 months to build the Nina and 36 months to build the Pinta.
The Columbus Foundation never made a replica of the Santa Maria because she never made it back to Europe and Columbus was known to dislike the ship for being slow.
Tickets to see the ships are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids.