OSWEGO, NY – The tall ships Niña and Pinta, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will visit Oswego for the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Festival of Ships July 21 through July 23.
The ships will be docked at the West First Street Pier adjacent to the Maritime Museum and will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21, 22 and 23.
Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, teens and military; and $6 for youth ages 5 to 16.
Admission is free for children age 4 and under.
No reservations are necessary.
The ships are owned by the Columbus Foundation and are touring together to educate the public about Columbus’ voyages and the ‘caravel,’ a Portuguese ship used by many early explorers.
The ships will travel the Erie Canal from Rensselaer to Oswego.
From Oswego they will sail across Lakes Ontario and Erie to Ashtabula, Ohio and several other Great Lakes destinations.
“The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492,” said Mercedes Niess, director of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum. “Columbus sailed the tiny ship more than 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501.The new Niña is a floating museum that visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere.”
The Niña was built completely by hand, without the use of power tools, and was called by Archaeology magazine “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”
The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery.
The Niña was used in the production of the film ‘1492’ starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.
The Pinta was built in Brazil to accompany the Niña on her travels.
She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours, with a 900-square foot main salon down below to view slide shows of the ship’s construction.
The Pinta is available for private parties while in port.
The gated festival is sponsored by Brookfield Renewable.
As part of the event, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum and its two historic ships, the National Historic Landmark World War II Tugboat LT-5 and the 1927 Derrick Boat 8, will also be open for tours.
Visitors can also view the exterior of the Eleanor D, the last American commercial fishing boat used on Lake Ontario and the DelMor (formerly the R/V KAHO of USGS).
A new exhibit entitled “Lighting the Way- Oswego’s Four Lighthouses,” will be included in the gate price.
This exhibit highlights the history of Oswego’s lighthouse from 1822 and the United States Coast Guard.
This exhibit is sponsored by PathFinder Bank.
Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at 787-672-2152.
Minimum group size is 15. For additional information visit www.theNiña.com.
For more information on the Festival of Ships, call the museum at 315-342-0480 or visit http://www.hlwmm.org/
For more Oswego County history and visitor information go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN.