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Hundreds gathered at the Inner Harbor yesterday and watched with mixed emotions as the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria blew into town on a tour commemorating the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the New World.

The ships, replicas of those Columbus first sailed, visited cities in Europe, the Caribbean and southern United States before arriving in Baltimore.

Visitors who watched the ships come in had mixed reactions.

Maria Norton had been waiting since 9 a.m., although the ships weren't scheduled to arrive until noon. Mrs. Norton said watching the ships arrive made her feel as if she was there when Columbus first landed in her native Dominican Republic.

"It reminded me of when I was in my country," Mrs. Norton said. "It was the first place he landed. I'm happy to see this."

Other observers were not so happy. Constance Moore, a schoolteacher from Washington, said Columbus' arrival in the New World is nothing to celebrate.

"I would not have come out here to see this," she said, explaining that she took her students from Moten

Elementary School to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and just happened to be at the harbor when the ships arrived.

"I think this whole Columbus thing is a farce. We have to know the lives that were lost because of the way they treated Native Americans in this country and other countries. Millions of lives were lost -- civilizations, lost," she said.


Replicas of the Nina,Pinta, and Santa Maria, called caravels, are touring 21 U.S. cities this summer in a celebration of Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage to the Americas. Here is more


Where: Harrison's Pier 5.

When: Today through June 7.

Hours: Today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; June 1-4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; June 5-7, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets: Available at the Pier 6 Pavilion or by calling Ticketmaster at 481-7328. Adults, $5 senior citizens (62 and older),$4; military personnel, $4; children 6-18, $3 children under 6, free.

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