Monday, July 20, 2009

Kalmar Nyckel...Weekend of Food and Fun!

Meet my New Friends!

This past weekend the Kalmar Nyckel,
arrived to dock in Chelsea, Ma. on it's way up the coast.

The Kalmar Nyckel is a full scale re‐creation of the original 17th century ship, whose historic significance rivals that of the Mayflower.

This is an amazing beautiful ship ran mostlyby volunteers.
They pulled in Friday morning and stayed until Sunday,
for tours, food, and fun.

In 1986 a group of citizens in Wilmington, Delaware established the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, whose primary source of funding comes from the taxpayers of the State of Delaware along with donations from corporations and individuals to design, to build and launch a re-creation of the Kalmar Nyckel. The ship was built at a shipyard in Wilmington on the Christina river near the original 1638 Swedish settler's landing site at Fort Christina. It was launched on September 28, 1997 and commissioned on May 9, 1998. The re-creation measures 93 feet overall with a 25 foot beam, a 12 foot draft, and displaces 300 tons.

The ship is operated and maintained by a volunteer staff, under the leadership of a paid captain, boatswain, and a chief mate. In November 2006 the captain of the new Kalmar Nyckel, David W. Hiott, who skippered it for nine seasons, died suddenly, from the effects of recurring melanoma. Captain Lauren Morgens took over as Captain April 1, 2007, with Captain Sharon Litcofsky, Chief Mate/Relief Captain and Corey Young, Second Mate/Education Officer.

I made the mistake of making a little joke about Captain Lauren name when I first meet her,
not knowing there was a 's' on the end of Morgen.

"Captain Morgan, like the RUM!!"

(She didn't think it was too funny, she must get it all the time!)

The Foundation is now entering into its 11th season. Volunteers maintain the ship, run the education program, and sail from port to port. The youngest volunteer, can be as young as 14 years old. After 13 days of training and a few health and background checks, your on your way!

This ship was so beautiful to gaze at in the harbor.

They even set off the cannons for a little show.

To learn more about this ship, and the opportunities you can have,
or perhaps your high school student would like an adventure during the summer.

What a great way to spend a little of your summer vacation.
Check out this Website.

1 Others Say:: said...

Suzy, thank you very much for sharing such beautiful pictures, and very informative short history of the "Kalmar Nyckel". This is especially of interest to me, since I just moved, not too long ago, to this state, and live a little south of Wilmington, and this is the first time I heard of this ship. If you don't mind, I will post a link to your article on my website: