Sailing museum makes farewell visit

OCEANSIDE — The Niña, a replica of Columbus’ favorite ship, will make its last visit to a West Coast port when it sails into Oceanside Harbor on Jan. 21, docking at the Dolphin Pier, Oceanside Small Craft Harbor Marina, departing in the early morning
Feb. 2. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ship for a walk aboard and a self-guided tour. The prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for students. Children age 4 and under are free.
Built completely by hand and without the use of power tools, Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a realistic visit back to the Age of Discovery. This replica of the Niña was used in the production of the film “1492” starring Gerard Depardieu.
The ship has been touring continually since 1992 as a sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the Caravel-style, Portuguese-designed ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
Teachers wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member for a minimum of 15 people, should call (787) 672-2152.
Visit www.thenina.com for additional information.

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