Kalmar Nyckel to offer public sails, deck tours Aug. 4 to Sept. 2

July 17, 2013

The Kalmar Nyckel will be back in Lewes Sunday, Aug. 4, through Monday, Sept. 2, offering two-and-a-half-hour pirate and day sails as well as deck tours.

Capt. Lauren Morgens and crew are very enthusiastic about their upcoming visit. Morgens said, “Lewes is one of our favorite day-sailing ports. Delaware Bay has wonderful sea breezes and plenty of room to set sail.”

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Passengers are invited to experience a sailing adventure on the majestic ship with eight sails and eight miles of rigging.  Although the original Kalmar Nyckel was never a pirate vessel, serving instead as a trader, naval scout and colonial ship, today’s crew love playing the pirate part for those excursions, which are especially popular with children. The crew will also be offering deck tours on certain dates throughout the stay.

In May, the ship hosted their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Speaker of the Parliament of Finland Eero Heinäluoma for an historic sail on the Christina River in Wilmington. This event was one of the highlights of the jubilee celebration marking the 375th anniversary of the arrival of the original Kalmar Nyckel and the establishment of the colony of New Sweden in 1638.

For public sail reservations, contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302-429-7447 or visit for more information. Sail prices are $60 for adults and $40 for children and youth ages 17 and younger.

Charters and dockside receptions are also available, perfect for corporate and educational events, team-building activities, weddings and other social occasions. For more information about availability and pricing, call the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office.