PEORIA — Ships patterned after those Christopher Columbus used on his voyages to the islands of the Caribbean will once again dock on the Peoria riverfront this week.

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, both caravels — small, maneuverable Portuguese-built sailing ships — will be open for tours from Friday through Sept. 24 at 110 SW Water St.

The ships, operated by the British Virgin Islands-based The Columbus Foundation, Inc., are used as sailing museums intended for public education. The Nina is entirely hand-built, without any power tools.

Members of the public can board for self-guided tours, with admission costing $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 through 16. Children 4 years old and under are free. Teachers or representatives from other organizations with a minimum of 15 people wishing to schedule 30-minute guided tours may call (787) 672-2152 or email Cost is $5 per person.

The ships last came to Peoria in 2014, and before that made visits in 2010 and 2011. The visit comes just weeks after the Christopher Columbus statue in Laura Bradley Park was vandalized with spray paint.