Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
April 6, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
The schooner Lynx arrived in Fernandina Beach this morning on its way to participate in the Tall Ships event in Brunswick, GA, later in April. She is moored in the Amelia River off the Fernandina Harbor Marina, where she will remain for the next few days, allowing her crew of 7 some time for shore leave. The Lynx began her current journey in St. Petersburg, FL and will continue sailing north along the Atlantic Coast when she departs Brunswick.
Because she is unable to dock due to marina construction, the Lynx is not open for visitors in Fernandina Beach. However, she may be boarded and toured, along with another Tall Ship, at the Tall Ship Festival in Brunswick GA later this month.
The American Privateer Lynx will be docked at the Brunswick Landing Marina on April 16th-24th, then St Simons Island Pier April 25th-28th. Tall Ship Lynx is an interpretation replica of an 1812 privateer ship that played a major part of the War of 1812. Privateer Lynx is owned and operated by the Lynx Educational Foundation in Nantucket, Mass. Tall Ship Lynx has been known as a living museum that sails til different port where they educate their visitor and youth on the history of a privateer ship during the War of 1812 when American struggled for our independence and free trade. Tall Ship Lynx will be open to the public in Brunswick offering daily Free Deck tours and paid public sailing, Deck Tours is 10:00 am until 2:00 pm then public sailing 3:00 pm till 5:30 pm. Tickets available at www.tallshiplynx.com
Information about Lynx provided below is taken from Wikipedia:
The Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start of her second voyage and took her into service as HMS Mosquidobit.
The replica of Lynx sailing today was designed by Melbourne Smith – International Historical Watercraft Society, based on historical data, and built by Taylor Allen and Eric Sewell of Rockport Marine at Rockport, Maine. She was launched on July 28, 2001 at Rockport. Her port of registry is Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Today, instead of fighting the British like her original counterpart, she serves as a sailing classroom. Lynx offers an early American history program as well as a life, earth and physical science program to schools. She teaches seamanship and history to those who step on her deck. “Lynx” is currently partnered with the Egan Maritime Institute of Nantucket and sails daily out of Nantucket with passengers in the summer months, and in the spring and fall takes groups of students from the local schools out for sails. “Lynx” participates in local regattas, notably placing third in the Schooner Class in the 2018 Opera House Cup.
The Lynx Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence.
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