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Time travel 500 years with replica ships on the riverfront

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The year is 1492, or at least it appears to be on the Chattanooga riverfront.

It's not everyday we get a glimpse into how Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas and what his ships looked like, but now you can.

The 'Nina' and 'Pinta' replicas of Columbus' ships are docked at the Chattanooga Pier near the Tennessee Aquarium until October 21.

A modern day Christopher Columbus, Captain Stephen Sanger gave Channel 3 a tour of the newer Nina Friday. It's one of three ships the European navigator took across the seas.

Ken Hindman drove from Memphis with his wife and two kids whom he home schools.

"What a learning experience right here in your city," said Ken Hindman from Memphis. "Kinda extend our home schooling experience and make it a modern classroom. This is a great experience for our boys."

"It's really now exciting to see how they sailed on this ship and how they slept," said 11-year-old David Hindman.

"I was surprised with how small it was and how small the roof was and things," said 13-year-old Mack Hindman.

You're invited to visit the ships for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. up until Oct. 21. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16. Children 4 and under are Free.

Click here for more information on The Nina & Pinta.

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