LEWES, Del. - Delaware's tall ship is headed to Sussex County.
The Kalmar Nyckel is scheduled to leaves its home port in Wilmington on Tuesday and coming to Lewes. During her stay in Sussex County, Kalmar Nyckel will host school education tours. Public sails will also be offered on Thursday and Friday evening from 5-7:30 p.m. Officials say Friday's sunset sail will be the first Pirate Sail of the season in Lewes.
After visiting Lewes, Kalmar Nyckel will visit Portsmouth and Cape Charles, Va., and Solomons Island, Md. The ship will then return to Wilmington in late June in time for the second annual Wilmington Pirate Festival on June 30 at Tubman-Garrett Park.
The Kalmar Nyckel is an authentic re-creation of a 17th-century Dutch built vessel that brought some of the earliest settlers to the American colonies. The ship has eight sails and eight miles of rigging.
The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638, leaving passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley at Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington.