The Nina and Pinta have arrived

Georgetown, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Harbor Walk Marina in Georgetown took a step back in time when replicas of the Nina and the Pinta went on display Friday.

The ships, which travel the Western hemispheres, are touted as floating museums and are open for public display.

Both ships are replicas of those used by Christopher Columbus during his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.

"It gives people a little bit of history," said Rebekah Curtis in Georgetown. "When you actually see it and feel it, you can see how long the journey really took" Curtis said.

According to the Columbus Foundation, the Nina was built in 1991 and is the most historically-accurate replica ever built. The Pinta was built 15 years later, using only hand tools in the same manner the original would have been constructed.

Both ships began their cross-country voyage in Gulf Shores, AL, continuing to Florida and up the East coast to Georgetown. Their next stop will be in Philadelphia, before docking in the Great Lakes.

The ships each carry a six-man crew, along with a cook, and will be on display through May 16. The ships are open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for students.

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