Columbus Ships Nina And Pinta Sail Into Chattanooga Thursday

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Columbus ships Nina and Pinta will sail into Chattanooga on Thursday and will be docked on the downtown riverfront until Nov. 3. While in port, the ships will be open to the public for self-guided tours Oct. 15-Nov. 2.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery, officials said.

The Nina was used in the production of the film “1492” starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.

The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours. People can view a slide show of the ship’s construction on the 900 square foot main salon, downstairs. The Pinta is available for private parties while in port.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

Tours are open to the public. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children four and under are free. The ships are open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

The ship will be available for 30 minute guided tours for school groups with a crew member on Friday, Oct. 15; Monday, Oct 18-Friday, Oct. 22; Monday, Oct. 25 – Friday, Oct. 29; Monday, Nov. 1; Tuesday, Nov. 2. The ships are open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The charge for school groups is $4 per person, with a minimum of 15. There is no maximum number of students that can be booked, however, book as soon as possible as space is limited. Teachers and organizers wishing to make a reservation can email columfnd@surfbvi.com or call 787.672-2152. Visit www.thenina.com for more information. Educational materials, photographs and other ship-related souvenirs are available on the ship.


Wildwater Ocoee Rafting And Zip Event Oct. 8 To Benefit MaryEllen Locher Foundation

Wildwater Ocoee Basin Canopy Tours and Rafting is hosting its 10th annual “Raft/Zip for the Cure,’’ a benefit for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation, on Oct. 8.  Events will include zipline canopy tours for any donation beginning at 9:30 a.m. and Ocoee River rafting at 2 p.m. for a donation of $100 per six people. A noon lunch reception will honor survivors. All proceeds ... (click for more)

Seasonal Burning Begins Saturday

The Hamilton-County Air Pollution Control Bureau is reminding Hamilton County residents that seasonal burning will be allowed starting Saturday for residents who obtain a valid permit.   This allows residents of Hamilton County, with a valid permit issued by the Air Pollution Control Bureau, to burn brush and vegetation on approved burning days until April 30, 2017.   ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Something Beautiful Happened Monday Night - Not The Debate

Monday, Sept. 26, our first presidential debate happened; no minds were changed.  Yet something beautiful and important happened.  The Atlanta Falcons, my team, played the New Orleans Saints.  Instead of some irrelevant, broad based, screw America protest, the opposing teams locked arms in unity. I was impressed. I have been a Falcon Fan since 1971 when WMOC AM ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 2.0 Embarrassment

Let’s pretend you are coming to a new and exciting world. You are on the jolly good ship “Mayflower” when some Miles Standish-type of a guy (he was the Pilgrim’s first cop) calls you into is presence and says, “Within two hours we are expected to stand on Plymouth Rock. Please come up with ten primary goals we should have in our public schools.” I believe you could do it within ... (click for more)