Nina and Pinta

Replicas of the Columbus ships Nina and Pinta will be moored for two weeks and open for tours at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina starting April 28. Columbus Foundation/Provided

Replicas of two ships that made history when Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World will be opened for public tours starting April 28.

The Nina and Pinta will be moored at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant until a morning departure on May 9, according to a release from the Columbus Foundation.

Walk-aboard guided tours will be available 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees are $8 adults, $7 senior citizens and $6 for students to age 16. Children under age 4 are free.

The ships are caravels, nimble Portuguese sailing vessels, operated by the Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands, an educational group.

Crews that sailed with Columbus, the vaunted 15th century ocean explorer, made four trips in 12 years in caravels, according to the foundation. The Nina alone sailed more than 25,000 miles.

Columbus sailed in a 1492 voyage to North America with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

For more information, call 1-787-672-2152 or go to

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