Kalmar Nyckel

The Original Kalmar Nyckel

The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships. Its historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told.

Did you know…

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic—more than any other ship of the era. Her first voyage to the New World left 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent in the Delaware Valley. Joining them was a black freedman who sailed from the Caribbean aboard her companion ship the Fogel Grip.

The Present Day Kalmar Nyckel

The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. She was built by a group of committed citizens to be a continuing witness to the courage and spirit of those individuals who undertook the mid-winter North Atlantic crossing in 1637-1638.

Since 1998, the ship has served as an outreach platform for the State of Delaware and a catalyst for social and economic development. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar NyckelFoundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences.

 

 

Find more information about the Kalmar Nyckel including its specifications and History through the years by clicking the Image Above.

 

Kalmar Nyckel

1124 East 7th Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

P. 302-429-7447

W. Kalmar Nyckel

E. Kalmar Nyckel

Contact Person: Samuel Heed

Schedule Information:

Daily departure times vary and are scheduled according to the tides at each specific port. Call us for schedule details: 1.888.783-SAIL (7245). The Schedule can be found online as well by clicking here. 

Tickets and Reservation:

Advance reservations for public sails are recommended for all underway, group sails and events. Any unreserved spaces will be sold up to departure time. Unclaimed reserved spaces may be resold 15 minutes prior to the scheduled sail. Call our reservation line at 1.888.783-SAIL (7245).

Teacher Resources

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation offers a wide variety of teachers resources, materials, and curriculum units for use in classrooms. Developed in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware (SSCD), and classroom teachers from districts throughout the state, our lessons and materials meet the DOE Content Standards and are designed to be easily integrated into a classroom setting.

For additional information about any of our programs or lessons, please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or email Sam Heed at sheed@kalmarnyckel.org

DOE Curriculum Units

Starting A Colony

Expedition Cards

World Trade Cards

Guidebook

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School & Summer Camp Field Group Trips and Programs

School & Summer Camp Group Field Trips

Find more information about the Kalmar Nyckel including its specifications and History through the years by clicking the Image Above.

Join our award-winning ship and shipyard programs for fun, learning, and adventure.  As a full-scale re-creation of the colonial ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Delaware and the Delaware Valley,Kalmar Nyckel is one of the world’s great educational resources.

Students get to travel back in time to the “Age of Sail” and rediscover Delaware’s fascinating colonial and maritime history.  Our typical ship and shipyard program can handle up to 84 students a day — with three (3) “underway” stations on the ship and four (4) interactive stations on land.  The program usually takes about 4 hours.  Participants engage in “hands-on history,” discovering that learning is fun and that fun can be informative.

Our ship and shipyard programs are available in a variety of formats and can be tailored to meet the academic needs of any group.

Be sure to learn more about our interactive education programming by viewing this short film detailing our “Starting A Colony” program.

Please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or sheed@kalmarnyckel.org for program pricing and additional information.

Please visit our 2013 Education Schedule for more information.

Scout Programs

Scouting Programs

Education Scouting Programs

Come aboard Kalmar Nyckel for a scouting adventure of a lifetime.

Earn a Kalmar Nyckel Scout Patch by participating in our interactive ship and shipyard programs.  Learn how to tie nautical knots, haul active lines, and raise sail with our Captain and expert crew.  Learn more about Delaware’s maritime and colonial history.  Sing authentic sea chanteys with Kalmar Nyckel’s merry band!

BOOK YOUR TROOP Today!

Please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or sheed@kalmarnyckel.org for program pricing and addtional information.

All Scouts Welcome!

Education Scouting Programs

Family Trips and Programs

Public Sails and Tours

Come Aboard - Bow Shot

Enjoy a Timeless Adventure!

Sail on Kalmar Nyckel:

The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October.   Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel  — or become a “pirate” with the crew on special pirate sails.

To choose your sail, please click on the Sail/Tour Schedule on your left and browse by date or location. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations.  That way you can be sure there is room and so we have your contact information in case a sail is cancelled due to weather concerns. To reserve your tickets, please call the Kalmar Nyckel office at (302) 429-7447.

In Chestertown, Kalmar Nyckel will be participating in the Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend November 1st through 4th.  Join the tall ship fleet for a sail down the Chester River, lined with gorgeous fall colors.  For information about the festival and tickets to sail please visithttp://www.sultanaprojects.com/downrigging/index.htm

Pirate Sails

Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers — come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch Pinnace.  Our crew don pirate and sailor garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well!  The kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger, and the adults will enjoy a history talk.  Both kids and adults can try their hand at a scavenger hunt with a treasure at the end!  See the ship’s cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel.  Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

Tour Kalmar Nyckel

In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of Kalmar Nyckel.  Our crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 and today.  Kids can ring our ship’s bell, march around the capstan, and steer the ship using the whipstaff (1630’s helm technology predating the wheel).  Check out her carvings from the dock before you step aboard.  The stern carvings are all newly-painted with period-correct hues, and our gilded figurehead, “Leo the Lion,” shows his fierce teeth!  These 10-15 minute tours are offered for a nominal charge.  Please visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

For more information, please contact us at: 

Email: info@kalmarnyckel.org

Phone: 302-429-7447

Please note that due to the nature of the weather and conditions beyond our control, the Ship’s schedule is subject to change without notice. 

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