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Two famous ships you learned about in elementary school are coming to Biloxi

The Niña and Pinta are led to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum Schooner Pier by the Mike Sekul as the two Columbus-era replica ships arrived in Biloxi in 2013. The replicas can be toured in Biloxi Dec. 15-18.
The Niña and Pinta are led to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum Schooner Pier by the Mike Sekul as the two Columbus-era replica ships arrived in Biloxi in 2013. The replicas can be toured in Biloxi Dec. 15-18. Sun Herald file

Events at the Maritime and Seafood Museum this month will take people aboard the ships that sailed with Columbus and to meet the people who once made Biloxi “the seafood capital of the world.”

The Maritime & Seafood Museum at 115 First St. in Biloxi is hosting a trio of special events in the next two weeks:

▪ Saturday is the annual Christmas Open House, when cookies and refreshments will be available and the gift shop is stocked with art and crafts by local artisans for holiday gifts.

▪ Saturday also is the grand opening of the Heritage Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit in a dedicated room on the second floor of the museum. Visitors will be the first to hear the stories of nearly 400 men, women and businesses that contributed to the local seafood industry.

“The stories are so heartwarming,” said Robin Krohn David, museum director, and to see the old pictures and read about the businesses is inspiring.

Both events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission to the museum will be free on Saturday.

▪ Dec. 15-18 is when replicas of the Niña and Pinta ships that sailed with Columbus to America will be back at the Biloxi Schooner Pier . Self-guided tours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6 for students 5-16.

Described as floating museums, the ships visited Biloxi in 2013 and show just how tight conditions were on the ships that sailed in 1492. The Niña was built by hand, without the use of power tools, and the larger “Pinta” was built in Brazil.

Reservations also are being accepted for the Oyster Ball Drop & Fireworks Dec. 31 at the museum.

Details: 228-435-6320 or maritimemuseum.org

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