Tall ship Kalmar Nyckel visiting Solomons

Tall ship Kalmar Nyckel sails the Potomac and Chesapeake with students learning about the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date and Time Location Event Price

Friday, June 20 Solomons Isl. MD Day Sail $60 Adults
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Solomons Island Pirate Sail $40 Ages 17 & under

Friday, June 20 Solomons Isl. MD Day Sail $60 Adults
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM Solomons Island Pirate Sail $40 Ages 17 & under

Saturday, June 21 Solomons Isl. MD Festival Tours
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Solomons Island

Saturday, June 21 Solomons Isl. MD Day Sail $60 Adults
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM Solomons Island $40 Ages 17 & under

Saturday, June 21 Solomons Isl. MD Day Sail $60 Adults
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Solomons Island $40 Ages 17 & under

Sunday, June 22 Solomons Isl. MD Day Sail $60 Adults
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Solomons Island Pirate Sail $40 Ages 17 & under

SOLOMON’S ISLAND, MD. — The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships, a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told.

The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She would make a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era.

The original ship — a new type of gun-armed merchant vessel called a Dutch Pinnace — was built by the Dutch in Amsterdam in about the year 1625. She was purchased in 1629 by a Swedish consortium to serve as an auxiliary warship for the Swedish navy, which she did until her decommissioning in 1651 — except for the years from 1637 to 1644 when she sailed the Atlantic for the New Sweden Company. An exceptional ship with a long and remarkable career, she was sold to a private merchant after being decommissioned from the navy. No completely definitive records have been uncovered as of yet, but Kalmar Nyckel was probably resold to the Dutch navy as an escort vessel and sunk in the North Sea while fighting for the Dutch in a war against the English in 1652.

For more about the ship, click here to see KALMAR NYCKEL: A Guide to the Ship and Her History

 Join KALMAR NYCKEL in Solomons, MD for the Star-Spangled Celebration Tall Ship Invasion June 21st – June 22nd. We will be participating in Sunday’s Tall Ship Battle Reenactment along with offering pirate sails, day sails, and free deck tours June 19th thru June 22nd!

Kalmar Nyckel : Sail/Tour Schedule

Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel is 141 feet long, overall, and her beam is 25 feet?

 

The Kalmary Nyckel sailing south on the Potomac River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photos

The Kalmary Nyckel sailing south on the Potomac River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photos

 

The Kalmar Nyckel heads for Point Lookout after dropping anchor in Breton Bay for the night. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photos

The Kalmar Nyckel heads for Point Lookout after dropping anchor in Breton Bay for the night. Guns are ready to repel boarders. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photos

 

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