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What was it like to sail with Columbus? Replica ship to dock in NC for tours

A model Spanish ship will be on display in North Carolina next month, a group says.
A model Spanish ship will be on display in North Carolina next month, a group says. Fundación Nao Victoria

A North Carolina city is set to welcome the replica of a centuries-old ship to its shores — and you can take a look inside.

The Nao Santa María docks next month at Port City Marina on the Northeast Cape Fear River, according to a news release from the nonprofit group Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust, Inc.

The three-mast ship is modeled after Spanish vessels from the 1400s and 1500s, the release says. The ship is named after the one Christopher Columbus used to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, according to the group.

“The Nao Santa María set sail in 2017 to mark the 525th anniversary of the original voyage” and has traveled to Spain, France and across the ocean, per Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust, Inc.

The Columbus Foundation sails replicas of the Nina and Pinta into Regatta Pointe in Palmetto March 8, 2019.

Tours are scheduled for May 9 to 19, when the ship comes to downtown Wilmington, the nonprofit says. Tickets can be purchased online or on the dock, according to the press release.

This isn’t the first time replicas have been in the area. Models of the Niña and Pinta, the other ships that traveled with Columbus, were on display in Wilmington two years ago, Port City Daily reports.

Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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