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Replicas of Columbus ships headed to Wheeling

Oct. 04, 2012 @ 07:38 AM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships will be on display this week in Wheeling.

Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina are expected to arrive in Wheeling on Thursday. They’ll be docked at Heritage Port until departing on Oct. 10.

While in port, the public is invited to tour the ships. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 to 18. Children 4 and under can enter for free.

The Nina replica was built by hand without the use of power tools. The Pinta replica was built recently in Brazil and is larger than the original.

The Pinta and the Nina were part of Columbus’ fleet when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492.