Building Kalmar Nyckel
The new Kalmar Nyckel was launched into the Christina River on September 29, 1997, about 200 yards downstream from the site of the original ship’s first landing at “the Rocks.” As the last ship built in Wilmington on the Christina River, the re-created Kalmar Nyckel brought a fitting close to the city’s long history as one of the nation’s most important shipbuilding centers, a place that launched tens of thousands of ships over more than 300 years.
A 10-year project undertaken by community leaders and many local volunteers, the new Kalmar Nyckel would not have been launched without the vision and support of then-Governor (now US Senator) Thomas R. Carper, the Delaware General Assembly, Tatiana Copeland, the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
Its creation was an important community event that brought together volunteers from all walks of life to build something truly unique ... uniquely Delaware.
For more about the construction and launch of the ship, click here to see KALMAR NYCKEL: A Guide to the Ship and Her History (pp. 33-38)
Did you know: That Fort Christina, founded by the Swedes, was the first permanent European settlement in the entire Delaware Valley?