The legendary Kalmar Nyckel, the Swedish Tall Ship that first landed in the New World in 1638, comes to life as the ship is painstakingly reconstructed using historic techniques and tools. This program raises a flag to celebrate this important Swedish-American connection and the art of a vanishing tradition: Tall Ship Building.
"When you build a ship, you're building a microcosm of the whole world." 100,000 board feet of rare wood, 7,000 square yards of sail cloth, six miles of rigging, 1,000 hand-forged bolts... That's only the start of her! Ten years in construction, the Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of the spectacular Swedish tall ship built in the 1620's. She is the only documented vessel to have crossed the Atlantic four times carrying colonists to the New World.
Watch as professional shipbuilders and talented volunteers from around the world labor to reconstruct and launch 317 magnificent tons of wooden sailing ship. Blending traditional construction techniques with modern maritime know-how, shipcarpenters, carvers and blacksmiths use rare woods and hand-forged metals to construct both her infrastructure and her highly decorative detailing.