Historically rich, Delaware boasts abundant opportunities to explore the history and culture of the state. As a coastal state Delaware has a strong connection to the sea. Maritime attractions are plentiful.
Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware: Based in Wilmington, sails out of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal during the month of July, visiting other East Coast ports. The ship is available for tours, charters, events, and receptions. She serves as Delawareâ€™s seagoing goodwill ambassador, and is a replica of the original, one of the pioneer colonial ships. Though her story is not widely known, Kalmar Nychel brought the first permanent settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638.
Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse: Off the coast of Cape Henlopen State Park, it is the only working lighthouse in the state. The lighthouse was built in 1901.
Cannonball House: Owned and operated by the Lewes Historical Society, the museum is an eclectic mix of the more colorful maritime history of the area, including the sinking of HMB DeBraak. Located in Lewes, â€œthe first townâ€. The Lewes Historical Society Museums are open mid-June through mid-October and house over 375 years of maritime history.
Treasures of the Sea Exhibit: At Delaware Tech, Owens Campus in Georgetown, displays the treasures recovered from the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank in a hurricane in 1622. A video showing the search for the wreck and a gift shop round out the exhibit.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum: On Fenwick Island, this museum is a treasure trove of maritime treasures. The museum, which is funded only by donations and owner support, opened in 1995. The museum holds one of the largest collections in Mid-Atlantic and includes artifacts from around the world, the displays are rotated to showcase new pieces as they are discovered or acquired by the museum.