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July 7, 2017

Maritime Museum Hosts Festival of Ships -

Columbus Replica Ships 'Niņa' and 'Pinta' Will Visit Oswego July 21 - 23

OSWEGO, N.Y. -Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see replicas of Columbus' flag ship, the Niņa, and its sister ship, the Pinta,when they visit Oswego July 21 through 23. The ships will be docked at the West First Street pier near the H. Lee White Maritime Museum for Oswego's Festival of Ships.

Tours will be available Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6p.m.

The Festival of Ships is a gated festival. The ticket price also includes admission to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum's extensive collection of floating exhibits and museum displays about ships and shipbuilding, local maritime history, Great Lakes heritage, and a new exhibit entitled "Lighting the Way: Oswego's Four Lighthouses."

Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, teens and military; and $6 for youth ages 5 to 16. Admission is free for children age 4 and under. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at 787-672-2152. Minimum group size is 15 people and admission for groups is $6 per person. For additional information, visit www.theNiņa.com.

The ships are travelling across Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to Ashtabula, Ohio and other Great Lakes ports. They are expected to arrive in Oswego via the Erie Canal on Wednesday, July 19. The masts will be raised Thursday, July 20.

The festival is sponsored by Brookfield Renewable and the lighthouse exhibit is sponsored by PathFinder Bank.

For more information on the Festival of Ships, call the museum at 315-342-0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org. For more Oswego County history and visitor information go to visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

Tall ships Niņa and Pinta, replicas of the ships that Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, will visit Oswego for the H. Lee White Maritime Museum's Festival of Ships from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. The ships will be docked at the West First Street Pier adjacent to the Maritime Museum. (Photo by Mary Ellen Barbeau, Oswego County Tourism Office.)

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