On the way home from this weekend’s Carroll County IL trip, we detoured through Clinton, Iowa, to tour the replicas of the Nina and Pinta, two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus used on his voyage.
The Nina is said to be the most historically accurate replica ever built. The Pinta was built larger than the original in order to accommodate a larger deck for visitors, and air conditioning was added to the cabin below for the crew’s comfort. Asked whether a Santa Maria would be built, a crew member said he doubted there would be a Santa Maria since it would require a 14-foot draft, double that of the Pinta, making navigating some of the shallower waters difficult. The draft is the distance between the water line and the lowest point of the ship.
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The two ships are making their way up the Mississippi River, docking and available for tours at cities along the route. The next stop is in Marquette, Iowa, June 19-24, at the Marina by the Lady Luck Casino.
Once the ships reach Winona, Minnesota, they’ll turn around and work their way back south. So if you didn’t get to see them on the way up, you can catch them on the return trip. Click here to see the scheduled stops.
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