Replica of Columbus’ ‘Pinta’ offering tours at Ditto Landing starting today

HUNTSVILLE – The “Pinta”, a Replica of a Portuguese caravel used by Columbus and many early explorers is now open as a “floating museum” for dockside educational tours in Huntsville. The ship will be docked starting today at the Ditto Landing Marina until her departure on Sept. 18.

In 2005, the Pinta was launched in Brazil after three years of construction. The ship was built by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights using the same methods and hand tools that were used to build the original in the 15th century. The Pinta was the first ship to sight land on the famous voyage of discovery on October 12, 1492.

Historians consider the “caravel” the space shuttle of the 15th century and was used as early as the 13th century and into the 16th century. The caravel was mainly used as a typical trading vessel along the Mediterranean and African Coast before being used for transatlantic voyages to open up new trading routes all over the world.

The general public is invited to step back in time and explore the Pinta for self guided tours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No reservations are necessary. Tickets are purchased at the ship and prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military (65+), and $6 for children (5 – 16). Children four and under are free.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member during the weekdays should go to ninapinta.org/tour/html. Group tours require a minimum of 15 people. Call 251-293-4193 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com for any inquires.

Ditto Landing is located at 293 Ditto Landing Rd SE, Huntsville.

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