RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Replicas of two ships that Christopher Columbus and his crew used in their 15th-century explorations will be on display on the James River in Richmond.
The group sponsoring the appearance, the Columbus Foundation, says that the replica "Nina" and "Pinta" are scheduled to arrive Thursday and dock at Rocketts Landing. They will be open to the public Friday for self-guided tours.
The Columbus Foundation says that the Nina replica was hand-built without the use of power tools, and is considered among the most historically correct Columbus replicas. The Pinta was built recently in Brazil, and is a larger version of the caravel, a highly maneuverable ship used during oceanic exploration voyages during the 15th and 16th centuries.
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