BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Have you ever sailed on a Tall Ship?

Kalmar Nyckel, the stunning Tall Ship of Delaware, arrives in Bristol for four days of two-hour sails and deck tours on Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15.

Passengers are invited to discover a unique hands-on experience: haul lines, set sails or simply enjoy a picnic and learn the remarkable story behind this full-scale replica of the 17th century Swedish merchant ship. The ship will be docked at the Bristol Wharf, 100-148 Basin Park, Bristol.

Start the weekend early with a public sail from 1 to 3 p.m. or a dockside Welcome Party on the ship from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. Explore the intersection of adventure and education with two sails per day at 12 and 4 p.m. on both Friday and Sunday. On Saturday the ship is offering a 12 p.m. sail followed by deck tours from 3-7 p.m. during the Italian Day Festival.

Advance sailing tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at or call (302) 429-7447. Sailing tickets are $50 for adults and $35 for ages 17 and under. Deck tours are $10/adult and $5/child. Details of the Welcome Party complete with a chantey band to be announced soon.

With ornate, brightly painted carvings, Kalmar Nyckel is an authentic, seagoing replica of the Dutch-built armed merchant ship that founded New Sweden in 1638, the first European settlement in the Delaware Valley. The original ship returned to the Swedish navy after crossing the Atlantic a record eight times – one of the great ships of its time.

“Kalmar Nyckel’s first visit to Bristol is sure to be entertaining. Our goal is to give people a chance to enjoy sailing and experience a slice of maritime history for themselves,” says Cathy Parsells, Executive Director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. This summer the ships has voyaged to Norfolk Harborfest, VA; Cambridge, MD; Provincetown and Salem, MA; Kingston and Yonkers, NY; Historic New Castle, DE and back to it’s home berth at the Copeland Maritime Center in Wilmington, DE.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with the mission of preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all. The Foundation is a volunteer-based organization that built, owns, and operates Kalmar Nyckel. The Tall Ship of Delaware is a present-day reproduction of the flagship from the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.

Launched in 1997, Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform that offers people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based recreational and educational experiences. The Foundation also serves as a catalyst for social and economic development and outreach in and beyond the state of Delaware. For more information on Kalmar Nyckel sails, tours, charters, educational programs, volunteer opportunities and its home berth at the Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center visit, call (302) 429-7447 and follow us on Facebook. Online tickets for sails can be purchased at

Bristol Sailing Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1-3pm Sail and 5:30-7pm Welcome Party

Friday, Sept. 13, 12-2pm and 4-6pm Sail

Saturday, Sept. 14, 12-2pm Sail and 3-7pm Deck Tours

Sunday, Sept. 15, 12-2pm and 4-6pm Sail

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