Kalmar Nyckel Will Not Be Returning To Lewes … Again


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Kalmar Nyckel in the Harbor of Safe Refuge

Last year we didn’t get to see the Kalmar Nyckel, which is a common site when we are fishing the point after it opens in September.  Every year in August Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel comes to Lewes and offers tours sailing around the area.  Last year she didn’t come due to the finger pier dock at the Lewes Terminal where she berths is still no longer deep enough.  Silting has filled in that area even more this year. The Kalmar Nyckel draws twelve feet of water and will not be able to port at her usual spot at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal’s finger pier dock.

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A common sight when the point opens is seeing the Kalmar Nyckel off the coast.
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It would cost a lot of money just to dredge that area for the Kalmar Nyckel, in the neighborhood of 3 million dollars.  The ferry is fine because it draws less water and that area is deep enough and maintained.  Dredging does occur in that area every few years and that is not scheduled anytime soon. Hopefully next year the Kalmar Nyckel can once again grace our port in Lewes.  If you would like to visit the tall ship you will have to check her out at her berths in Wilmington and Old New Castle.

Fish On!

Rich King

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Captain Sharon Dounce on the Kalmar Nyckel retrieving a mylar balloon while the ship is underway.

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