Starting A Colony
School Field Trips
Programs For Adults and Teachers
2014 – Exploration!
2013 – 375 Years On the Delaware: New Sweden Past and Present
2012 – Monumental Maritime Anniversaries
2011 – SOS: Saving Our Ships
2010 – “Keeping Delaware History Alive”
2009 – Lecture Series — Inauguration
2011 – SOS: Saving Our Ships
Malcolm Dixelius and Björn Hagberg, The Ship That Changed The World (featuring Kalmar Nyckel in her role for NATGEO TV)
“The Ship That Changed the World,” Malcolm Dixelius, Internationally Acclaimed Documentary Film Director and Producer, Presents a Behind-the-Scenes Look at and Premier Excerpts of His Soon-to-be Released NATGEO TV Special entitled “Expedition Ghost Ship,” DiXit International & Deep Sea Productions, Stockholm, Sweden (For more information see www.deepsea.se and www.dixit.se.)
“It’s no exaggeration to call the ship that Malcolm Dixelius and his team of archaeologists found “The Ship That Changed the World,” reports Samuel Heed, Senior Historian & Director of
“Think about the ship as a Model-T Ford of the 1630s,” adds Sam Heed. “That’s the way Malcolm put it to me when I first met him, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s an apt analogy. Most people are familiar with the Model-T and how Henry Ford’s production techniques revolutionized not simply
The ship Malcolm and his team of maritime archaeologists discovered has been resting at the bottom of the Baltic – about 400 feet down – for nearly 400 years. The ship survives remarkably intact after all these years – with its main- and foremasts still standing and its bowsprit attached. Believed to be the last surviving ship of its kind, “the Ghost Ship” is an extraordinary find and archaeological treasure.
The last survivor of its kind anywhere, the “Ghost Ship” is a well-preserved example of a Dutch fluyt – or “flute;” sometimes called a “flyboat” by the English – a class of vessels that emerged out of Dutch shipyards in the first decades of the 17th century. Simple but rugged, relatively easy and
With the fluyt – the Dutch ship “That Changed the World” – ships could be designed and built and operate with an efficiency that allowed for the bulk transport of simple commodities – grains and lumber and such – in ever-increasing volumes and frequencies. No longer would ships be reserved for spices and expensive luxury items. With the rise of global trade, fueled in no small part by this new Dutch fluytschip, profits shot up and the commercial revolution of the 17th century gave birth to what we call the Modern World. And it’s a world we still inhabit – much like with the automobile – only we just don’t see it or feel it as readily, until, that is, we buy something at Walmart or SuperFresh. But stop by any port in the
Fred Hocker, Expedition Ghost Ship: Sailing and Sinking a 17th-Century Merchant Ship
Dr. Frederick Hocker comes to us all the way from
“We are delighted to have Dr. Hocker back for a return engagement,” says Heed. “Fred’s an international star in the world of maritime archaeology, and anyone who remembers his ‘Raising the Vasa’ talk for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation two years ago knows what a treat it is to have him in our midst.” Dr. Hocker is making a special visit to the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in March, joining Port Captain Sharon Litcofsky and the Kalmar Nyckel crew for the annual “up-rigging” of the ship. Fred Hocker will be helping Captain Sharon reassemble the sails, yards, and lines (all eight miles of them) on the Kalmar Nyckel, which he is undertaking as part of his active research for his next installment of the multi-volume account of all things Vasa. Dr. Hocker’s work has become the definitive treatment, and his research with the Kalmar Nyckel will inform his latest work which covers Vasa’s sails and rig. The Kalmar Nyckel – which is a full-scale and faithful reconstruction of Peter Minuit’s original flagship that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638 – is a kind of living laboratory for Dr. Hocker, a place where he can further his research about the Vasa and other ships of the early 17th century. “Since the Vasa and other ships from the early 17th-century are artifacts that can’t be sailed,” explains Heed, “Dr. Hocker finds our fully functioning Kalmar Nyckel, with its accurate rig and sail plan, to be a uniquely valuable resource, a place where he can figure out how ships of the period functioned and operated under actual sailing conditions.”
Fred Hocker has been leading maritime archaeological excavations all over the world for twenty years. Beside the Vasa, he has directed research and documentation for the Civil War ironclad U.S.S. Monitor, the 17th-century Swedish warship Kronan, the remains of a 9th-century Byzantine shipwreck off
Before joining the
Matthew Stackpole, "Charles W. Morgan: America’s Last wooden Whaling Ship - Past, Present, and Future"
The Charles W. Morgan is
Today, the Charles W. Morgan is undergoing a thorough and loving restoration at Mystic Seaport, a “voyage of preservation” led by Matthew Stackpole. Underway since 2008, the restoration project will be finished in 2013, at which point the Morgan will once again take her place as an educational resource, historic exhibit, film and media star, and “porthole” into
Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel was built by the Dutch in Amsterdam in about 1625?