Kalmar Nyckel, the re-creation of the ship that brought Finnish and Swedish settlers to the Delaware Valley, will be offering public day sails and pirate sails Sept. 21, 22, 28, and 29 in Wilmington.
Kalmar Nyckel Captain Lauren Morgens and her crew are very enthusiastic about their return to Wilmington.
“We have had a great summer in Delaware and beyond and are happy to be back home for our fall season of education and public sails," Morgens said. "And with preparations for the royal sail on May 11th, the ship has never looked better. This fall is a great time to experience a sail on this magnificent tall ship.”
The royal sail on May 11 was when the Kalmar Nyckel hosted their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma, for a historic trip on the Christina River. This event was one of the highlights of the 375th anniversary of the arrival of the original Kalmar Nyckel and the establishment of the colony of New Sweden in 1638.
Whether a day sail or pirate sail, Captain Lauren and crew stand ready to make the trip exciting for the whole family. Although the original Kalmar Nyckel was never a pirate vessel, serving instead as a trader, naval scout and colonial ship, today’s crewmembers love playing the part in the “pirate sails”. Pirate sails will be offered at select times each weekend through September 29.
In addition to offering public sails, Kalmar Nyckel will also have school tours and sails scheduled for her time in Wilmington. These excursions are a great start to the year and teach children the rich history of the Delaware Valley. Contact the office for information about scheduling an education program.
For public sail reservations on the Kalmar Nyckel, call (302) 429-7447 or visit www.kalmarnyckel.org for more information. Ticket prices are $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 17 and younger. Group rates apply to parties of 20 or more.
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation preserves and promotes the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware for the education and enrichment of all.