Historic ships set sail on Hudson


On board one of the replicas in Newburgh

NEWBURGH – Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, two of the three ships
used by Christopher Columbus on his historic voyage to the New World,
arrived at the Newburgh Waterfront on Thursday.
The replicas have visited the Hudson River for three years now as part of a North American tour sponsored by the Columbus Foundation, an organization that preserves the legacy of the two ships. The Newburgh leg kicks off today (Friday) and goes until July 11.
Although ship captain Stephen Sanger has seen all of the country on his beloved ships, the Hudson River is his favorite spot to visit.
“I love the scenery, and obviously it’s rich in history.
One of my favorite areas as well is the Erie Canal once you get up toward
Sanger inherited the boats from his father, who started the foundation and built the ships out of a love of the Age of Discovery. The ships have been featured in a number of documentaries and motion pictures. They also tour across the country as a “floating museum” to showcase the history of the era to the public.
The tour kicked off in Perdido Key, Florida on March 1 and goes until November 19, when it will stop in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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