Columbus Replica Ships to Visit Oswego

The Nina and the Pinta replica ships.
The Nina and the Pinta replica ships.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Port of Oswego Authority and the City of Oswego are proud to announce the impending arrival of two Columbus replica ships – the Niña and the Pinta. The ships will be in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District for the public to visit, 9 am – 6 pm, Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2011. The Museum and its vessels will be open the same hours. Friday July 15th will be Kids Day with activities geared towards youth.

The ships will be docked at the north end of the West First Street Pier, north of the Museum, during their stay in port. Free off-site parking will be available before entering the west pier near the Oswego Railroad Museum.

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. Come stand on the sloping deck of the Niña, often called “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” It was Columbus’ favorite ship, the one he very nearly died on in 1493, upon which he ultimately logged more than 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission as a floating museum. Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40-foot main cabin down below.

“ We are always excited to host guest ships and these particular vessels are spectacular. We are pleased to have the support of the Port of Oswego Authority and City of Oswego to help provide services to accommodate these visits and the public. In addition, to the Port and the City, the Oswego County Tourism office assisted with promotion and we will be partnering with the Oswego Railroad Museum during this event.” Said Mercedes Niess, Executive Director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships Niña and Pinta for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 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. – 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

The Oswego Railroad Museum will be open for guided tours all four days from noon until 6 pm. The exhibit, “American Freedom Train” will be featured. A nominal charge is requested.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum will offer discounted admission rates for their own vessels and main building during this time. The Museum houses numerous exhibits focused on the maritime history of the Oswego River Basin, canal system and Lake Ontario. Also featured, is the National Historic Landmark WWII Tug, LT-5, the 1925 NYS Derrick Boat No. 8 and the Eleanor D, the last US Commercial fishing vessel to fish Lake Ontario.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour of the Niña and Pinta with a crewmember should call 1-787-672-2152. (Minimum of 15 – $4.00 per person. No Maximum) Visit or email [email protected]

Contact the Museum at [email protected] or 315-342-0480 for further information or to schedule a group tour. Also check or the Museum Facebook page for more 2011 programming and news.