Today at 2 p.m. the Nia, a replica of explorer Christopher Columbus' favorite ship, is scheduled to arrive in Eureka.

It will be docked at the Woodley Island Marina at 601 Startari Drive until departing July 21.

The ship will be open to the public Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there no reservations are required for self-guided tours.

Prices to see the ship are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and children under 4 are free.

Teachers or groups wanting to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member can call (787) 421-0402 or e-mail Groups must be of at least 15 people.

Similar to the original, this Nia was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship andquot;the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.andquot;

The Nia was also used in the production of the film andquot;1492andquot; directed by Ridley Scott and starring Gerard Depardieu.

Visit the Web site for additional information.