Replicas of Columbus' ships visiting Georgetown

The Nina and Pinta (Columbus Ships/Facebook)

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Replicas of Columbus' ships the Nina and the Pinta are visiting South Carolina although the Santa Maria is not.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports ( ) replicas of the two ships arrived at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown this week and are remaining through the weekend. The ships are open for tours daily.

The event visit is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands which works to educate people about the type of ships Columbus used on his exploration to the Americas in 1492.

The ships tour for ten months each year visiting about 40 different places around the country.

For those wondering where the Santa Maria is, the company, The Columbus Foundation, offers this explanation on their website.

The Santa Maria was a different type of ship, known as a "Nao" and considerably larger than the Caravels The Nina & Pinta. The biggest operational difference between the two designs is the draft. The Santa Maria would require 14 feet of water depth, where the Nina & Pinta only draft 7 feet. A Santa Maria replica would not be able to travel to many places where The Nina and Pinta visit.

For more information on the ships, visit their web page by clicking here or find them on Facebook by clicking here.

Information from: The Sun News,

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