Aboard the Kalmar Nyckel

August 29, 2014

The billowing, white sails of Kalmar Nyckel are a welcome sight each summer on the Delaware Bay in Lewes.

Delaware's official tall ship docks at the Lewes ferry terminal during August and the first week in September offering public and private sails.

Kalmar Nyckel is an exact, full-scale replica of the Swedish ship that founded New Sweden in 1638, the site of present-day Wilmington. After taking more than two years to build, the ship was launched in 1997 about 200 yards from the original landing.

Kalmar Nyckel – which made four round-trip ocean crossings – was built by the Dutch in 1625 and purchased as a warship in 1629 by the Swedes. It's believed the ship was sunk around 1652 by the British.

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