The Pinta and the Nina, two replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, have docked in Racine. Docked at the Rooney Pugh Recreation Area, located at the end of Reichert Court, the ships will stay there until Sunday, Aug. 2. The ships will be open to the public Friday, July 24, the Nina was built the old fashioned way — by hand. “The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.   Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century,” according to the press release. The cost for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 5 to 16-years-old. Children 4 and under are free. The ships will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. No reservations are necessary.    

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.