This schooner Lynx is an interpretation of an actual 97 foot privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. She was one the first ships to defend America by evading the British naval fleet in 1812 who were blockading American ports. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by native Marylander Francis Scott Key while being held prisoner aboard a ship in the Baltimore harbor as the British bombarded Ft. McHenry.

Schooner Lynxphoto-Lynx under the Skyway Bridge-SCOTT KEELER | Tampa  Times

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This ship will be docked at the Harborage Marina at Bayboro,  1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, Florida, for public tours and hands-on sails. The ship, however, is not wheelchair accessible.  Various dates & times between Feb 8th & March 14th, 2014  with prices of tours $10 for adults with 12 and younger free and  $65 for adults & $35 ages 4-12 for sails. Please call for details and confirmation of prices 1-866-446-5969. Schooner Lynx in St Pete 2013

The crew of the Lynx wears authentic early 1800’s maritime clothing. The ship was built to near-exact specifications of the original fast Baltimore schooner design.

The original Lynx was built at Fell’s Point in Baltimore, Maryland during the beginning of the War of 1812 for James Williams, Amos Williams, and Levi Hollingsworth by shipbuilder Thomas Kemp for about $9000-$10,000.  Kemp designed ships that were among the first to move away from the traditional European designs and that were better suited for the American waters. She was very fast and easier to maneuver which helped tremendously in outrunning the tradition British ships. Lynx was actually commissioned on July 14, 1812 within one month of war being declared. The ship was larger than most others at the time  with a crew of 40 men and six 12-pounder long guns.

I think that it is interesting that he Lynx trained the cast and crew of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It has won awards for maritime and historic instructional-educational programs for students through the nonprofit Lynx Educational Foundation.

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