Long ship Nina will dock in Pensacola


Pensacola, Fl

The Niña longship will dock at Palafox Pier in downtown Pensacola and open for tours.

Here’s what you need to know about visiting him:

Niña will be open for tours from 10am to 5pm. Friday, September 11, through Tuesday, September 15, the ship will be docked off Palafox Pier at 997 S. Palafox Street.

The five-day mooring will include guided group tours with a maximum of 10 people per tour. No reservations necessary.

Admission is $ 5 for anyone 5 years of age or older. Children 4 years old and below board the ship for free.

Guests perusing the Floating Museum will learn about the Age of Discovery, the voyages of Christopher Columbus, and other explorers who sailed the ship over the course of 200 years.

The tours will also highlight the ship’s mechanics and inner workings, as well as the daily life of the sailors aboard the Nina.

“Where did they sleep, how they cook and how things work,” said Captain Stephen Sanger of Sanger Ships LLC, who runs the Niña Tour this fall. Then we give a little glimpse of the life on board today.

Sanger said visitors walking aboard the Niña will experience “the most historically accurate version of a Caravelle ever built.”

“Electricity was not used during its construction,” he added.

The ship was built in Brazil without the use of blueprints.

“The hull design was on the minds of ship workers and has been passed down through the generations,” Sanger said. “The only thing that was known about the ships was the amount of cargo they carried on board, the length of the keel, and the description of the equipment. That gave you a very good idea of ​​the size of the ship.”

Sanger Ships practices social distancing, requiring visitors to stay six feet away and wear a face covering during their time aboard the Niña.

Tours will be organized sporadically to ensure the safety of both crew and guests.

Tour dates and times are subject to change due to bad weather. Visit the longship website at ninapinta.org for more information.

“It’s a great learning tool,” said Sanger. “Everyone learns about explorers in the classroom but being able to walk, touch and feel gives you a very different perspective on life 500 years ago.”


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