Looks what came down the Mississippi river! This is the Nina, we missed the Pinta which was the first one to go by. The last time I saw the boats was in 1999.
My brother went out in his boat for a closer look at the boat.
It was neat to see the size difference of the boats.
Since we had missed the first boat so we jumped in the car and headed to Lock 16 in Muscatine which isn’t very far away. We got there just as the Pinta and Nina were coming in.
A view of the inside of the boat.
Once the water level was lowered the boats were one their way.
I was trying to get a close view of the side of the boat but it was hard to do with the chain link fence.
The Nina and Pinta getting ready to go under the Muscatine, IA bridge.
The Pinta was the bigger boat, there is lots of great info on their website which is listed below.
The lock is closed up and it is now time for us to go. This lock is in Illinois so we hurried to see if we could get pictures of the boats from the bridge.
Luckily there was road construction on the bridge and we got to stop right in the middle. It made it nice to take some more photos.
The Nina a replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship was built by hand in Brazil with as much historical accuracy as possible.
The Columbus Foundation has two Christopher Columbus replica ships: The Nina and the Pina which travel the Gulf Coast, the East Coast, the Great Lakes and the Midwestern river system roughly 10 months out of the year.