Take the family for a sail on a tall ship


Take the family on a sailing adventure or just tour the deck of the Kalmar Nyckel, a re-creation of a 1638 Dutch-built armed merchant ship, this weekend in Solomons.

Kalmar NyckelIn conjunction with the Calvert Marine Museum, the ship will be docked at Waterman’s Wharf at the end of Williams Street June 16-19. Families can take guided tours of the ship or actually head out for a sail.

On Thursday, June 16, children are invited to climb aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and experience what life on a tall ship was like in 1638. Tours are at 1 and 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and available by calling 302-429-7447.

Day sails will be available Friday-Sunday. Passengers on the sails can work alongside the crew, hauling lines and raising sails, and simply enjoy the views. Pirate Sails are also available complete with the ship transformed into a pirate vessel, costumes, scavenger hunts and pirate tales for kids and history talks for adults. Sails are $60 for adults, $40 for ages 17 and younger.

The ship will also be at Schaefer’s Canal House in Chesapeake City on June 21 and open for free deck tours from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful re-creation of the ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in 1638, to what has become Wilmington, Delaware. Measuring 141 feet long with a 25 foot beam, she will travel roughly 3,000 nautical miles this season.

For tickets and more information about specific times and events, visit the Kalmar Nyckel website at www.kalmarnyckel.org or contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302-429-7447. Online tickets can be purchased by visiting www.kalmarnyckel.org/BookASail.asp.

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