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What were those black sailing ships in Snow’s Cut on April 12?

Cammie Bellamy
StarNews
A replica of Columbus' ship The Pinta passes under the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Photo courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Bridge Tender Troy Shepard

A replica of Columbus’ ship The Pinta passes under the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Photo courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Bridge Tender Troy Shepard

Q. While walking my dog along Snow’s Cut path in Carolina Beach Sunday, I saw two large black sailing ships go by. They looked like historic replicas. Any idea what these were?

A. On Sunday, April 12, replicas of the Nina and Pinta – two of Christopher Columbus’ ships – sailed through the area. The ships are owned by The Columbus Foundation, a British Virgin Islands-based organization dedicated to educating visitors about the vessels used in Columbus’ 1492 voyage to North America.

Wrightsville Beach Bridge Tender Troy Shepard said the bridge opened at about 5 p.m. Sunday to let the ships through as they traveled from Charleston, S.C., to Morehead City. The ships will be docked in Morehead City until April 20, after which they will depart for Portsmouth, Va.

Relief Captain Andrew Brittle said the ships will open for tours in Morehead City.

“The ships themselves are the museum,” he said. “When (visitors) come down, there’re tour guides that can answer any and all questions they have.”

The ships will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.TheNina.com.

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