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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Kalmar Nyckel

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 27, 2015

Photo Credit Andrew Hanna

Photo Credit Andrew Hanna

Where you’ll find the ship cruising around
mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Fun fact
Since Kalmar Nyckel predates the invention of the steering wheel, the helmsman controls the ship with a whipstaff, a large stick that is used to push the ship’s tiller back and forth.

Here is a fascinating guide to the ship and her history (PDF)

The backstory
Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship of Delaware, is a recreation of a 17th century Dutch Pinnace which served as an armed merchant ship, a Swedish naval vessel, and as the colonial ship that founded New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She delivers education programs based on a variety of curricula to students from fourth grade through high school during the school year as part of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s education mission. With the exception of her officers, the crew of the Kalmar Nyckel are volunteers who come from all over the world to participate in her crew-training programs and sail the ship.

Who sails
School groups from elementary through college, as well as individuals and families



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