Kalmar Nyckel will begin its sailing season May 7 on the Christina River in Wilmington. The ship is a re-creation of the Dutch-built armed merchant ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in the 1600s.

Kalmar Nyckel will begin its sailing season May 7 on the Christina River in Wilmington. The ship is a re-creation of the Dutch-built armed merchant ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in the 1600s.

The ship will take passengers on day sails, pirate sails and charter trips on Wilmington’s Christina River until May 15. It will host one public sail in Lewes on May 19. The ship will then begin its summer schedule with a trip to participate in Norfolk, Virginia’s Harborfest and sails at Solomons, Maryland, before returning to the Christina River for cruises June 25 to July 10.

In addition to guided tours of the ship, passengers of day sails can work alongside the crew, hauling lines and raising sails. Pirate sails include costumes, scavenger hunts and pirate tales.

Kalmar Nyckel is available for charter cruises for private outings such as corporate events and team-building exercises. Charter events have a maximum of 49 passengers.

Tickets start at $20 for children and $35 for adults. For tickets and information, call 429-7447 or visit kalmarnyckel.org.