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Shipwrecked 18th-century British Warship On Display


The British warship, His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak was escorting and protecting a convoy of British and American merchant ships en route to the United States when it capsized and was lost off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798. The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is now offering visitors a chance to see the hull of the recovered warship.

Artistic rendition of the capsizing of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990.

All programs begin at the Zwaanendael Museum, where a lecture on the ship is presented in conjunction with the exhibit ?A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World.? The exhibit tells the story of the vessel, its crew, and the historical context within which it operated in the late 18th century.

Ticket holders are then transported by van to the DeBraak hull facility in nearby Cape Henlopen State Park for an interpreter-led tour of the surviving section of the ship’s hull.

Viewing area inside the DeBraak hull facility. The surviving section of the ship's hull can be seen in the left of the photo.

Lecture/tours, which are limited to 12 visitors per program, take place at 10am and 1pm on Mondays from June 2 to September 29, with the exception of June 16 and September 1.

Nonrefundable tickets for the lecture/tours are $10 per person (restricted to persons ages 10 and older) and are available through the Shop Delaware website. For more information, call 302-645-1148.