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You've Got Photos: Nina, Pinta Dock in Detroit RIver

Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships will be available for tours on Friday through Sunday at Bishop Park.

Ships ahoy!

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' tall ships, the Nina and the Pinta, are docked at till Sunday.

The ships arrived shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday in advance of public tours, which run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Wyandotte is the only stop in southeastern Michigan. Sixteen stops are planned throughout the country this year. This year marks the first time the ships have docked in metro Detroit.

Opportunity Grosse Ile and the city of Wyandotte partnered together to make the Downriver stop possible. The event is being called the Downriver Explorers Festival.

The Nina and Pinta replica ships serve as floating museums operated by The Columbus Foundation, which is located in the British Virgin Islands. Organizers said the ships are the most historically accurate reproductions of the famous ships that have ever been built.

Columbus Foundation staffers will be on hand to provide visitors with half-hour guided tours that will explain life on, and the operations of, these ships. 

The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens ages 60 and older, $6 for children ages 5 to 16 and free for younger children. Tickets can be purchased at the time of the tour.

Group tours with a minimum of 15 people cost $4 per person. To make those reservations, call 1-284-495-4618.

Free parking for the event will be available:

  • On Van Alstyne, along the western border of Bishop Park
  • South of Oak Street, at the southern end of Bishop Park
  • At Yack Arena

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Do you have photos from Thursday's arrival ceremony? If so, you can upload them above.

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