On August 16, 2012 – the heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx, a 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx sailed into Nantucket Harbor. Upon her grand entrance she fired from her main battery of 6-pounder carronades. According to Jeffrey Woods, Executive Director of the Lynx Educational Foundation, “the Lynx is scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the United States and Canada celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.”
They were very excited to be visiting Nantucket for the first time and welcomed local residents and visitors to climb aboard. For a fee, Adults $85.00 – Srs. & Active Military $75.00 – Children 12 & under $45.00 you could sailaway and join the crew, hoist the sails, steer the ship, fire the main battery of six-pounder carronades and experience first hand life aboard a traditional, square topsail schooner. On decks and below Lynx evokes the life, spirit, and atmosphere of a vanished age of sail.
Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts. Although captured early in the war, the original LYNX design was recognized as superior. With her rakish profile and superior sailing abilities, she served as an inspiration to those ships that would follow. Naval Architects continue to study her power and grace. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era. With a noble mission, Lynx acts as a dynamic educational platform and provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with their American History lessons and renders a hands-on experience. Students and adults recognize the War of 1812 as a significant element of American heritage and as a turning point in the development of our national identity.
Honor the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 – 200 Days to Raise $200,000.00
The Lynx Educational Foundation proudly announces its support of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.
The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
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