Mobile Nina Pinta replicas / The Columbus Foundation

Replicas of two of the ships used by Christopher Columbus to explore the new world in the late 15th century are on Alabama's Gulf Coast. reports ( that the replicas of the Nina and Pinta are open for tours through Sunday.

The ships had their beginnings in 1986, when the Columbus Foundation formed in the British Virgin Islands in an effort to build the vessels that Columbus used on his first voyage, the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta.