Kalmar Nyckel - Wilmington Delaware's Tallship

November 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

At a dock on the east side of Wilmington Delaware, you'll find something really cool.  The Kalmar Nyckel tallship!  

 

The Kalmar Nyckel was a colonial ship which originally sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638, with its passengers establishing the colony of New Sweden, which is in present-day Wilmington Delaware.  The ship has been rebuilt and is used today as a floating goodwill ambassador for Delaware.

 

One morning recently I took the extra 3 minute drive from work to see the ship, and got a few pictures.  These were taken on 35mm film (Fuji Velvia 50), with a Nikon FM3A and a simple 50mm f/1.8.  I'm keeping it simple these days!

 

The first one here is a close-up of a floatation device from the ship:

 

Kalmar Nyckel life preserver

 

Stepping back a few steps, here's a bigger picture:

 

Kalmar Nyckel and a blue barn

 

 The next one here is of a building which I believe is used for repairs, and provides a place out of the elements to make those repairs:

 

Kalmar Nykel building

 

Turning around from this building, looking back towards the dock now...

 

Julian Point

 

I guess that's "Julian point!"  And speaking of the dock, we're getting closer to the actual ship with this next one...

 

Knot

 

And finally, the ship itself!

 

Kalmar Nyckel colors

 

Very colorful!  It's really a cool thing to see.  They do family cruises, and recently my wife took our middle son on a "pirate cruise" on this ship, which he loved - he thought it was an actual pirate ship.  And you can see why!

 

Till next time, go take some pictures using that old dusty film camera in your basement!


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