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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 intoMarblehead for the first time on Wednesday, May 18th at 4:00 pm. Join the flotilla as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pounder carronade deck guns upon her grand entrance into Marblehead. “We are very excited for our visit to Marblehead, and want to thank wholeheartedly our Hosts, Marblehead Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors, The Town of Marblehead, The Harbor Master, The Landing Restaurant, Glovers Regiment, USCG, Shuttle service and their sponsors. “It is through their generous support that Marblehead residents will have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, America’s National Treasure.” said Jeffrey Woods, Director Operations for Lynx Educational Foundation. Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ann Marie Casey continued, “We look at this as a great opportunity to celebrate our maritime heritage here in Marblehead and as an opportunity to stimulate the local economy. This will be a great start to our tourism season.” The celebrated War of 1812 privateer square top sail schooner has arrived on the East Coast from Hawaii & California and is scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the United States, the Great Lakes and Canada, where she will be participating in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

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 taught aboard Lynx meet specific State Standards.

The Privateer Lynx will be offering Educational Public Ship Tours and Sail Adventures beginning on May 19 thru May 22. 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. The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Lynx Schedule: May 18 – 22

 Wednesday May 18, 2011- 4PM – Grand Arrival in Marblehead Harbor with ships guns ablaze.

 May 19 – May 22: Ship Tours – 10 AM – 1 PM, Public Adventure Sail – 2 – 4 PM