Columbus ships sail into Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two special vessels docked in Biloxi invite visitors to look through the portal of time, when Spanish flagged ships set out to discover a new world.

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, ships sailed by Christopher Columbus in 1492 across the Atlantic, provide an unmatched history lesson.

The Columbus Foundation built the ships with great attention to authenticity.

"The Nina is almost exact. The Pinta is a bit larger and more modern then the original," said Capt. Morgan Saenger as he stood on the deck of the Pinta.

The Columbus Foundation crew travels the western hemisphere telling tales of Columbus' adventures at sea.

"Columbus went through two hurricanes and survived both. In the old expression, iron men and wooden ships. That's what it is all about," Saenger said.

Guests come on board and are entertained by guides. Imagine it's 1492. A crew follows Columbus half way around the world, unaware of what lies beyond the horizon. First mate Vic Bickle feels like he travels through time when at sea on these incredible ships.

"Sometimes when I'm on the deck, under sail, and I look out, I can feel what the 15th century was like."

Replicas of Christopher Columbus' Nina and Pinta, two ships that changed the world, are on display at the Biloxi Schooner Pier through January 2nd.

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