PHILADELPHIA, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Nancy Glass Productions, a full service production company specializing in unscripted television and new media content, and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of the Delaware Valley, announced their partnership to co-produce a documentary that illustrates the rich history of the Tall Ship of Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.
"The Kalmar Nyckel was one of America's pioneering colonial ships, a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told," said Samuel Heed, Senior Historian and Director of Education for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. "The trip was one of the most ambitious and dangerous voyages in European history. We are thrilled to co-produce this documentary with Nancy Glass Productions and tell the story of the ship's arduous transatlantic journey through exciting interviews, recreations, and more."
The Kalmar Nyckel, built in 1625, served as Governor Peter Minuit's flagship for the expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. "The story of the Kalmar Nyckel is one of bravery, adventure, and discovery," said Nancy Glass, Executive Producer of Nancy Glass Productions. "Our documentary will allow viewers to sail aboard the mighty ship and recreate the harrowing journey of Governor Minuit's voyage across the Atlantic. It's more than a legend; the ship is a living piece of history."
Today, a full-scale reproduction of Kalmar Nyckel stands taller than ever, with its main mast towering 104 feet off the waterline, as it sits along the banks of the Christina River, just west of the Delaware. Built at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's shipyard on Wilmington's historic 7th Street Peninsula, the ship serves as a floating classroom and inspirational centerpiece for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's award-winning educational programs, engaging students of all ages and stimulating them to learn more about Delaware's rich maritime and colonial history. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
About Nancy Glass Productions
Founded in 2003 by Nancy Glass, Nancy Glass Productions is an award winning, full service production company specializing in unscripted television and new media productions. The company has produced programming for all of the major cable networks including TLC, Animal Planet, E!, National Geographic, The Food Network, Lifetime Movie Network, A&E, DIY, HGTV, WEtv, and the Lifetime Network. The company has continued to evolve, producing everything from television programming, to award winning documentaries, advertising campaigns, on-line programming, websites, and phone apps.
About Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation preserves and promotes the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware for the education and enrichment of all. The re-creation of Kalmar Nyckel, a 10-year project undertaken by local volunteers, was directed by Master Builder Allen Rawl and launched in May 1997. The re-creation was made possible in large part by the vision and generosity of the Delaware General Assembly, then Governor (now U.S. Senator) Thomas R. Carper, Tatiana Copeland, Wilmington's Riverfront Development Corporation and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
SOURCE Nancy Glass Productions