Return of the Kalmar Nyckel

Photo: Kingston Happenings

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce Kalmar Nyckel will be at the historic Rondout Waterfront from August 10 through August 14. The 141-foot reproduction of the 17th century Swedish explorer’s ship will be making her only stop in New York in Kingston from August 10 – 14. While in port, she will be providing deck tours, public sails, and special ‘pirate sails’.

The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware. The original ship was a new type of gun-armed merchant vessel called a Dutch Pinnace was built by the Dutch in Amsterdam in about the year 1625.

The present-day Kalmar Nyckel is an authentic and fully functioning replica of the original vessel and serves as Delaware’s official tall-ship. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers a broad array of sea- and land-based learning and recreational experiences.

While in Kingston, the vessel will offer deck tours where visitors can ring the ship's bell, march around the capstan, and steer the ship using the whipstaff ‘s helm technology predating the wheel).

Kalmar Nyckel Deck Tour Schedule:
Price: $10 for adults; $5 Ages 17 & under; $0 Ages 5 and under
Sunday, August 11th 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Kalmar Nyckel will be offering the unique opportunity for guests to sail on board while she is in Kingston. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel, or become a “pirate” with the crew on special pirate sails.

Kalmar Nyckel Sailing Schedule:

Prices for day sails are: $60 for adults; $40 for children under 17. Prices for pirate sails are: $40 for adults; $25 for children under 17.

Day Sail Saturday, August 10 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM | 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Day Sail Sunday, August 11 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Pirate Sail Tuesday, August 13 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Day Sail Tuesday, August 13 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Pirate Sail Wednesday, August 14 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Day Sail Wednesday, August 14 1:00 PM to 3:30PM

To book your sail, please visit While tickets may
also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations.

About the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Located along the historic Rondout Creek in
downtown Kingston, N.Y., the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the
Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat
School in 2016 and the Riverport Sailing School in 2017.