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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for program pricing and additional information.
Please visit our 2013 Education Schedule for more information.
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 email@example.com
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).