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Kalmar Nyckel -- The Tall Ship of Delaware
Sail on a re-creation of the Dutch-built, Swedish-flagged ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Delaware Valley. The ship spends July sailing out of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal and visits various other ports along the East Coast. The ship is available for public tours, sailing events, receptions and charter sails.
When the ship is not visiting other ports she resides at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard on the Christina River in her homeport in Wilmington. The Kalmar Nyckel's construction, launching, and crew training all took place in our Shipyard, a location literally next door to the original Kalmar Nyckel landing site. A visit to our Shipyard reveals glimpses into the ancient art of ship making and into the colonial history of Delaware. Our newly completed Sail Loft Museum is a hands-on documentation of the Kalmar Nyckel's history, craftsmanship, and dedicated supporters. The Shipyard also includes a Blacksmith Shop and Gift Shop.
Fort Christina Park, the original landing site of the ship, is next to the shipyard. Here, a monument to the Kalmar Nyckel's 1638 landing stands. The stone carvings depicting the colony, designed by internationally famous sculptor Carl Milles, were paid for by the contributions of 250,000 Swedes.
Old Swedes Church and the Hendrickson House Museum are also within walking distance. A variety of learning experiences and special events are offered throughout the year at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and at other sites on the 7th Street peninsula.
Educational programming, including hands-on learning experiences, are offered on-site at the shipyard and in the sail loft throughout the year for groups by appointment.