Columbus ships visiting Keokuk
KEOKUK — Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Pinta and Nina, are scheduled be docked at the Keokuk Yacht Club until early June 10.
The ships were scheduled to arrive in Keokuk at 2 p.m. today, and are set to be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day they are in port beginning Friday.
The public can visit the ships for a walk-aboard self-guided tour. Prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students ages 5-16. Children age 4 and younger are free. No reservations are necessary.
Teachers or groups who would like to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crewmember should call the ship at 787-672-2152. A minimum of 15 is needed for a group rate of $5 per person.
The Nina was built by hand without the use of power tools. It is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.
The Pinta was built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the carvel the space shuttle of the 15th century.
The ships are scheduled to be visiting several ports along the Mississippi River this summer, including the Port of Dubuque Marina by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium July 26-30 and Big Muddy’s Restaurant in Burlington Aug. 15-21.
For a complete schedule and more information about the Columbus ships, visit the website www.thenina.com.