The Nina and Pinta are sitting in the Guntersville Harbor waiting to be explored.

The captain aboard the Nina is Stephen Sanger. He said the tourists have been fairly steady, and a lot more people are expected to start coming by.

There were about 500 to 1,000 people that came through last weekend, but the school groups are their largest crowds. He said Arab, Alberville and Boaz and home school groups were scheduled to visit the ships this week.

The Nina is the exact size of the ship that Christopher Columbus traveled on, but the Pinta is bigger. The reason for this is because the Nina was Columbus’s favorite ship and this replica was built by hand tools similar to those that existed back when the original ship was first made. It was built to the exact same dimensions.

The Pinta was built to accommodate day sails. Since 2009, the two ships have been sailing together. It is the only dockside tour of its kind in the United States.

The ships travel all over the United States but tend to stay on the eastern side of the Mississippi.

The crew travels 10 months out of the year with 30 port visits. They stay a few days to several weeks at each port and then travel to the next.

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