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Replicas of Nina, Pinta dock in Little Rock
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansans will have the chance to see a near perfect example of the type of ships used by Christopher Columbus in his encounter with the New World in 1492.

Starting today replicas of the original ships known as the 'Pinta' and the 'Nina' will be docked at Riverfront Park until their departure early Tuesday morning, November 8.

Archaeology Magazine has called the 'Nina' the "most authentic replica Columbus era ship ever built." Experts credit this to the fact that it was built entirely by hand in Brazil by Portuguese immigrants.

"There was no electricity used so no power tools, it was all done by hand tools, just like it would have been built 500 years ago," says Ship Captain Kyle Friauf.

The Nina was reportedly Columbus' favorite ship, upon which he ultimately logged more than 25,000 miles.

The 'Pinta' was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. 

Both ships are touring together as a new and enhanced "floating museum" for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the 'caravel', a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers  to discover the world.

Everyone is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students  5 - 16. Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m.  to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

The ships will depart Little Rock on November 8 and then will be in Ft. Smith from November 11-20.

And for history buffs wondering about the Santa Maria, it has not been included in the floating museum because the ship never actually made it back to Spain (it ran aground near Haiti and broke apart).

You can learn more about the floating museum's journey and how both ships were constructed at TheNina.com.

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