Columbus replica ships open for tours through Sunday

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 02:18 PM.

“That was the true sailors then, working by just stars and sun and your wind,” he said.  “That is very impressive.”

Debi Jackson visited the ships Monday with husband Donald.

“It’s amazing that they sailed all the way across the ocean in these small ships, relatively small for the number of people that they held and the amount of distance that they had to travel,” she said. “I don’t know how they did it.”

Jim Gupton, standing 6-foot-5, found walking below decks difficult.

“I would take a trip if I could, but I’m too tall,” he said. “My head hits underneath and there’s not but about 4-foot of room to walk around down there.”

Wife Teresa Gupton is substantially smaller and said she could make a trip on the vessels.

“I’d love to do it,” she said. “I understand that I’d be good at steering the boat, so I’d love to try it.”

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