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Kalmer Nyckel, Passengers 1639

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  • Peter Andersson Långåker (c.1620 - 1678)
    Burial record: Peter left Gothenburg, Sweden in 1639 on the ship Kalmar Nycel, bound for the Swedish Colony in the Delaware River valley of the New World. We know Peter's father name was Anders Ols...
  • Gunnar Mattson Mattson (1579 - 1640)
    New Sweden in America By Carol E. Hoffecker pg 174 ....Per Gunnarsson Rambo, an ancestor of a very large family, also arrived with this expedition. We know that he came from Hisingen, outside Goteborg....
  • Peter Gunnarson Rambo (1611 - 1698)
    See Peter Gunnarsson Rambo english Wikipedia article Rambo Family Tree Peter Gunnarsson chose the distinctive surname of Rambo from his place of origin, Hisingen, the northwestern section of ...
  • Anders Svensson Bonde (1620 - 1694)
    Bonde (pronounced Boon-de in Swedish) means "farmer" and was adopted as a surname by Anders Svensson, born in 1620, one of the farmers hired by Cornelius Van Vliet of Gothenburg in 1639 to work in th...
  • Anders Larson Dalbo (1620 - 1670)
    Anders Larsson Dalbo from Dalsland, Sweden who had been sent to the New Sweden colony on the Kalmar Nyckel in 1640 as punishment for a minor crime. After seven years of servitude, he secured employment...

Kalmar Nyckel 1639-1640

  • Sailed from Göteborg September 1639
  • Arrived to Nya Sverige 17 april, 1640
  • Sailed from Nya Sverige 14 maj 1640
  • Arrived to Göteborg Juli, 1640


  • Cornelius Van Vliet, Captain Sailed from Göteborg September 1639, Change of capten in Amsterdam
  • Pouwell Jansen, Captain Arrived in New Sweden 17 April 1640
  • Herman Willemsen, shipmate (Styrman)

Passengers and Soldiers

Lived in Ekenäs, Nyland, Finland, sent out as Commander of the Colony to replacing Peter Minuit who perished at sea.

  • Reorus Torkillus, was the first Lutheran clergyman to settle

Born 1608 - became sick at Fort Christina on Feb. 23, 1643. He improved, however, probably continued his services for some time and was used by Printz in a mission to the Indians. He died Spetember 7, 1643 in New Sweden at the age of 35, leaving a wife and child behind.

  • Joost van Langdonk, commissary, Dutchman

To take the place of Henrick Huygen in New Sweden

He was aboard with his pregnant Gertrude.

Returned to Sweden on the Örn in 1654. Died in Sweden in the autumn of 1654.

  • William Loury, provost
  • Johan Michellsson, corporal
  • Anders Jonsson, gunner
  • Bengt Thomasson, soldier
  • Anders Nilsson Nagell,soldier
  • Olof Svensson, soldier
  • Steffan Olofsson, soldier
  • Nils Svensson, soldier
  • Johan Gustaffson


  • 4 mares,
  • 2 young horses and a number of farming implements.

Return voyage — to Sweden in May 1640, arriving in July, 1640,

  • Hendrick Huygen, officer
  • Måns Nilsson Kling, officer and second Governor Wikipedia

The only Swedish officer in the colony and a number of soldiers from the first expedition.