Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

The “Nina,” a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ original ships, is due to arrive in Dunkirk today. The ship will be docked at the Central Avenue pier for four days. Built completely by hand and without the use of any power tools, Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Nina was used in the production of the film “1492.” It was built in Bahia, Brazil by the Columbus Foundation which is based in the British Virgin Islands.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk native Bob Muscato has been named the linebacker coach at Buffalo State College. His duties will also include special teams. Last season, Muscato served as the defensive line coach at Buffalo State. He is the former athletic director and head coach at Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk. In addition, Muscato will remain as chairman of Physical Education at Turner High School.

Forty years ago – 1973

A second private ambulance service in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area is expected to be in operation by the end of the month. The service will be operated by brothers John and Stephen Cobb and will be based at 438 Deer St., Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The State Supreme Court has ordered the city of Dunkirk to reduce the property assessments on the S.S. Kresge Co., 324 Central Ave., and the Monroe Building, 300-304 Central Ave.