The Nina and the Pinta
I found a little history in downtown Little Rock. The Nina and the Pinta arrived yesterday. I was disappointed that I missed seeing them come in. They were supposed to come up the river and dock at 1 p.m., but when I got downtown shortly after twelve they were already docked. I'm sure it's hard to keep schedules on the river. We had some storms in the area earlier and I wondered if they may have arrived early to avoid them.
The Nina and the Pinta are replicas of the original Spanish trading vessels that Christopher Columbus used on his first voyage across the Atlantic to the West Indies in 1492. Columbus sailed the Nina, which was his favorite, over 25,000 nautical miles.
The Nina is the first truly, historically correct replica of a 15th Century Caravel ship. It was build using only adzes (which is similar to an ax), hand saws, axes, and chisels, in addition to naturally-shaped timbers from the Brazilian forest. The Pinta is a larger version Caravel ship offering more deck space for tours, private parties, and charters.
Cloudy skies soon changed to blue which certainly helped the rigging to stand out better.
The ships weren't open for tours yet, so It was nice to be there with very few others and get pictures without the crowds. I had to take pictures very quickly though. Parking is not good in our downtown area. You either park in a deck which is costly or you park on the street and pay the meter. I only had a little change which resulted in exactly 48 minutes of parking. I had to rush to the river, snap some pictures, and rush back. I've been on the ships once before several years ago, so I'm not sure I'll take the tour again, but I am trying to find out what time they'll be leaving. I would love to get pictures of them sailing instead of docked.
Linking with Kim's Friday Finds.