Replica of Columbus Ship Nina Docks in Beaufort - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/21/06

Replica of Columbus Ship Nina Docks in Beaufort

A piece of history has sailed into Beaufort, giving locals and visitors a chance to go aboard a replica of a Christopher Columbus ship called the Nina. Stepping aboard the Nina is like taking a trip through history.

It's a voyage Susan Kennedy is hoping will bring Columbus' adventures to life for her children, as she put it, "to see it to touch it a little bit and to imagine what the voyage was like for Columbus and his crew."

The Nina is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed on his three voyages across the Atlantic discovering the new world.

"The ship is entirely hand-made, no power tools were used under construction," said Kyle Friauf, captain of the Nina. "It's historically accurate as you can build a ship today."

"I think it's fantastic," said Beaufort resident Marty Berger. "Fantastic, to have something like this built almost the same as it was."

"We believe it's as close as you can possible get," Friauf said. "We believe, if Columbus were to come back today, he could handle the ship and feel mostly at home."

Although there's a lot of history aboard this ship, there's one thing that seems to surprise most visitors. "It's just amazing at how small the ship is," said Aaron Kennedy.

"I didn't realize that it was this small and it carried 24 to 27 crew members," Sam McFee said.

"I was very amazed," said Donna Berger. "The sign says the crew, they all ate, slept on the deck."

Although things have certainly changed since the time of Christopher Columbus, the Nina is still a piece of history that's brining people back.

The ship visits ports all over. But for the rest of this weekend, it will be docked at the downtown marina in Beaufort from 9am to 6pm. There is a small fee to go onboard.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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