The Niña & Pinta

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is proud to announce on Friday, December 15th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Niña’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Biloxi. The ships will be docked at the Schooner Pier Complex of the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 367 Beach Blvd., until their departure early morning on December 19th.

The ‘Niña’ was 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 “Pinta”, also a caravel was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Niña on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $ 7.50 for seniors, and $6.00 for students (5 – 16). Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787-672-2152 or email Minimum of 15 for a group rate at $5.00 per person. No Maximum. The Biloxi Schooner will offer walk-on tours as well for groups or individuals for $1.00 per person. You can call 228 435-6320 or email to book a schooner tour.

The ships arrive on Thursday, December 14th and there will be a private viewing of the ships for the media after docking. Visit their website.