HOUMA, La. – Replicas of two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World will be displayed next month in Houma.
The Nina and Pinta will be open to the public Feb. 17-26 at the Downtown Marina, and will depart on Feb. 27.
A statement from the Columbus Foundation says the Nina was built by hand and without power tools. The Pinta is larger than the ship used by Columbus. It was built recently in Brazil to accompany the Nina.
The vessels tour together as a sailing museum, providing education to school children and maritime enthusiasts about caravels, the broad-bowed three-masted ships used by Columbus and many early explorers.
After Texas visits in March, the ships will be in Lake Charles on April 27-May 8 for the Contraband Days celebration.
Self-guided tours cost $6 to $8. Group tours are $4 per person. A minimum of 15 people is required for group tours.