Fort Myers Beach has been selected as the tall ship Lynx’s new winter home port of call. The ship is currently in Fort Myers Beach through January 23. Lynx will then travel to St. Petersburg before returning to Fort Myers Beach for the duration of the ship’s winter months (February-March). The announcement of the winter home for the tall ship was made during the January 10 Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
A schedule of future ship tours and sailaways in Fort Myers Beach will be announced in the coming days. The ship will return to Fort Myers Beach, following its visit to St. Petersburg, on February 1. The public is invited to take tours of the Lynx. Tickets for dockside tours are $6.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Public sailaways tickets are $65.00 for adults and $35.00 for children 12 and under.
The Lynx operates under the auspices of the Lynx Educational Foundation, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach early American history. The Lynx 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.
In addition to educational programming, charters and tours, Privateer Lynx has been hired in the past to train the cast and crew of the hit movie series Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Lynx is currently on a five-year mission, which began in 2010, along the East Coast of the United States and Canada to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. The ship serves as 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.
For additional information about the Lynx, contact Jeffrey Woods, 949-274-5785, or go to www.privateerlynx.com.