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Lewes Celebrates
Maritime Heritage

Photos: The Kalmar Nyckel tall ship (top) was one of the major exhibits during Coast Day on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999. Lewes also celebrated its maritime heritage on Saturday, Oct. 2, with its annual Boast the Coast festival during the day and its Boat Parade (bottom) at night.

The Kalmar Nyckel tall shipLEWES -- The Lewes area celebrated its maritime heritage throughout the weekend with the Boast the Coast festival and Boat Parade on Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, and the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies' Coast Day on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999.

Coast Day featured numerous marine and environmental exhibits from agencies such as DNREC, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the Center for the Inland Bays. Entertainment, food, crab cake cooking contests, crab races, a boat show, and tours of current and past marine vessels were also part of the day's events.

The longest lines were for the Kalmar Nyckel (pictured), a Wilmington-based tall ship replica based on the 1638 Swedish Royal Navy vessel that brought the Delaware Valley's first settlers. The ship is 139 feet long, 64 feet tall, has 10 cannons and 2 swivel guns, 28 bunks, 50 hand-carved figures, and tops out at speeds of 12 knots under sail.

The Kalmar Nyckel's crew is made up entirely of volunteers from the Delaware Valley who use their vacations and other free time to maintain the vessel and sail it to ports for display. The crew said it takes approximately 3 days of night and day sailing to travel from Wilmington to Norfolk, Va.

The highlight of the Boast the Coast event, sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, was the Boat Parade Saturday night (below).

Lewes Boat Parade

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