Cape Gazette

Aboard the Kalmar Nyckel

Aug 29, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Delaware's official tall ship is docked in Lewes for her annual summer visit.

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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Captain Lauren Morgans keeps an eye on the sails. Morgans has been captain of the ship for the past eight years. The ship sails from April through November logging about 3,000 miles. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Chester, the Kalmar's cat, finds a resting spot among some ropes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sabrina Sandberg, second mate, talks about the safety features on the ship prior to leaving the ferry terminal dock. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Colin McGowan is one of nearly two dozen volunteer crew members during each sail. Three-hundred active and fully trained volunteers and officers make up the crew of the ship. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Volunteer mate Nigel Veater watches from the quarterdeck of the ship as crew members hoist sails. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The myriad of rigging on the Kalmar Nyckel is reflected in trainee Janet Blondi's sunglasses. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Volunteers Ron Siebach, left, and Ed Molin pull in one of the ship's cannons in preparation for docking. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Simon Hocker, volunteer trainee, enjoys the scenery of the Delaware Bay during a brief respite from duties aboard the ship. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Spotting dolphin is commonplace on the Kalmar's cruises on Delaware Bay. Catching them swimming in the ship's wake is rare. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Kalmar Nyckel – which took more than two years to build – contains many hidden treasures and works of art including the ship's bell. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Crew members hoist sails in an effort to catch some wind. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Everyone gets in the act to raise the sails. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Youngsters listen to a pirate's tale during a recent voyage aboard the Kalmar Nyckel. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Kalmar Nyckel is a detailed replica – including 8 miles of rigging – of the Swedish flagship that founded New Sweden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Janet Blondi is silhouetted against the afternoon sky as she climbs in the ship's rigging. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Young "crew members" get into the act by helping to raise Kalmar's sails. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Simon Hocker takes his place sweating the lines. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Captain Lauren Morgans talks about training sessions for volunteer crew members. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Volunteer mate Nigel Veater shouts out commands to the crew. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lauren Morgans has served as first mate and captain aboard Kalmar Nyckel. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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