2012-08-30 / News

Lynx will arrive in Jamestown Sept. 12

The 122-foot square-top sail schooner Lynx will sail into Jamestown on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. The public is invited to join the flotilla as it fires a salute from the main battery of 6-pounder carronades upon its entrance.

“We are very excited to return to Jamestown to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the War of 1812,” said Jeffrey Woods, executive director of the Lynx Educational.

Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Md. It 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 its rakish profile and superior sailing abilities, it served as an inspiration to those ships that would follow. Naval Architects continue to study its power and grace.

The Lynx 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.

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