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COMING HOME: The Celebrated War of 1812 tall ship “LYNX” America’s Privateer Returns to Rockport, Maine

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Tall ship Lynx off of Hawaii (Photo Courtesy Lynx Educational Foundation)

The Celebrated War of 1812 Tall Ship LYNX “America’s Privateer”
Returns To Rockport, Maine Where She Was Built.

All law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast, and heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into Rockport on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm. Join the flotilla as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance to Rockport Harbor. “We are very excited to return back Rockport and to see the the gang at Rockport Marine where Lynx was built and launched in 2001.” “Rockport residents will have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, our National Treasure.” said Jeffrey Woods, Director Operations for Lynx Educational Foundation. The celebrated War of 1812 privateer square top sail schooner has recently arrived on the East Coast from Hawai’i & California and is scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the United States and Canada to participate in the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series during the summer of 2010 and then will remain on the East Coast to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. Don’t miss this photo opportunity as we relive history.
The 114 ton Lynx is an interpretation of a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era making her one of the first ships to defend our freedom. The Lynx crew wear period dress and operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America. Lynx represents a “letter of Marque” Baltimore Clipper, considered to be among the finest privateer schooners ever built. Because of their swiftness and maneuverability, these ships were most effective as blockade runners and offensive weapons of war. Students and adults will recognize the War of 1812 as a significant element of American heritage and as a turning point in the development of our national identity. The educational early American history and science programs that are aboard Lynx meet specific State Standards.
The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Privateer Lynx will be offering Public Dockside Tours and Sailing Adventures on June 5 & 6. Climb aboard and step back in time as you relive history and feel the adventure. Join the crew and 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. Get ready to rumble as you and your kids take part in this unique, interactive sailing adventure. On decks and below Lynx evokes the life, spirit, and atmosphere of a vanished age of sail. Lynx is available for school field trips, private charters, team building, and receptions.

Rockport Harbor:
Friday, June 4
3 pm Grand arrival – 4 – 5 pm – Public Dockside Tours – Donations accepted
Saturday & Sunday June 5th & 6th
10 am – 1 pm Public Dockside Tours: Adults $5 Families $10 (Children 12 & under) Free
2 pm – 5 pm Public Adventure Sail: Adults $65.00 & (Children 12 & under) $35.00

Boarding at: Town Floats

Sail aboard the Privateer Lynx berths are available for incredible port-to-port passages.
Rockport, ME to Halifax, NS
More exciting port to port passages available throughout the Great Lakes summer 2010. Call for details.

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing.

The LYNX operates under the auspices of the Lynx Educational Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit, organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach early American history. The Maritime challenges during the War of 1812 are taught aboard the American Privateer Lynx utilizing a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sail training.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Cindy Buffa

Telephone Number: 866-446-5969

Website: http://www.privateerlynx.org

Email: privateerlynx1812@verizon.net