A Replica of the Pinta Ship is Setting Sail for Newport's Hooters

The replica was built by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights who used the same methods and hand tools used to build the original Pinta.

Mar 17, 2023 at 1:10 pm

A replica of the 15th-Century ship Pinta, a Portuguese Caravel of the “Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria” history-class fame, will set sail for Northern Kentucky this spring.

This floating museum will be docked at the Newport Hooters from June 2-13. It will be open to the general public for self-guided tours during this time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

You can buy tickets at the ship for $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 65+) and military and $6 for children ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under can get in for free.

The replica Pinta first set sail in 2005 after three years of construction. According to a press release, it was built by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights who used the same hand tools and methods used to build the original boat in the 1400s.

The original Pinta was used by early explorers, including Christopher Columbus, and was the first ship to sight land during Columbus’ famous 1492 voyage. The Pinta’s ship type, a Caravel, is largely to be considered by historians to be the “space shuttle” of the 15th Century as it was used on transatlantic voyages to open up new trading routes all over the world.

Hooters, 301 Riverboat Row, Newport. More information on the Pinta replica can be found here.

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