Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kalmar Nyckel

We saw the Kalmar Nyckel on our trip to Provincetown. The Kalmar Nyckel is a reproduction of the original Dutch 200 tonne Pinnace built in 1625. The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic—more than any other ship of the era.

We don’t see ships like this in Gloucester.

As was typical of the day, the Kalmar Nyckel is adorned with carved faces, head and figures. This was considered a show of wealth and power.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Wonderful! Reminds me of the old reproduction of a galleon on display near my old home town in England. It was The Golden Hind in Brixham, South Devon, Sir Francis Drake's ship. My memory is going a bit fuzzy but I shall go check on google and come back if I got the names wrong. Your photos are brilliant!

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