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Tall Ship In Provincetown – Kalmar Nyckel Slide Show

Written by Brian Tarcy

PROVINCETOWN – At 141 feet long, 105 feet to the top of the mast, and sporting a modern 1620s design, the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel sailed into Provincetown hoping to find folks to fund fourth graders that want to sail in Delaware.

The ship, a replica of the real Kalmar Nyckel, was, according to Captain Lauren Morgens, built as a merchant ship by the Dutch in the 1620s and then was purchased by Sweden to serve in Swedish Navy. The Swedes then decided they wanted a new world colony, said Morgens, and the ship landed in Delaware in 1638 – “a little bit later than the Pilgrims.”

So here was the replica of the ship that founded Delaware in the place the pilgrims first landed.

For $60 for an adult ($40 for children) the ship was taking out passengers on a three-hour trip,  she said. The ship is a non-profit, taking school children out during the school year and then traveling during the summer to raise money, said Morgens.

“When people come sailing here, they are helping a fourth grader go sailing in Delaware,” she said.

— Brian Tarcy

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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