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Kalmer Nyckel, Passengers 1639

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  • Johan Gustafsson (1618 - 1682)
    Johan married Brita Mansdotter (1639-1724) about 1655, probably at Fort Trinity in New Sweden. Brita is believed to be the daughter of Mans Andersson and wife Brita. Mans and Brita came to New Sweden i...
  • Måns Andersson (1599 - aft.1679)
    åns Andersson, who had arrived in New Sweden on the Kalmar Nyckel in 1640. After Mans joined in the 1653 complaint against Governor Printz, he fled New Sweden and obtained refuge at Fort Casimir (New C...
  • Peter Hansson Hollender Ridder (c.1608 - 1692)
    Peter Hollander Ridder (1608–1692) was the governor of the Swedish colony of New Sweden from 1640 until 1643. Peter Hollander Ridder's father Hans Ritter was a Dutchman living in Tammisaari, Finland....
  • Sven Gunnarsson Skute, Sr. (1610 - 1677)
    Burial record: pg. 33-34Sven Gunnarsson's Sons [Swanson] Sven Gunnarsson, who was sent to America for punishment, arrived in New Sweden with his wife and several small children on the Kalmar Nyckel in ...
  • 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.