Published: Jan 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST
Updated: Jan 04, 2013 11:15 AM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.-  People on Fort Myers Beach got quite a show Thursday when an American warship replica made its grand arrival.

Dozens lined up to see the Lynx fire its cannons as it sailed into the back bay.

The Lynx is an interpretation of a privateer built in Maryland in 1812. The original Lynx was among the first ships to defend the country by blockading American ports.

This version docked at noon and will stay in the Fort Myers area through January 24th, when it sails on to Saint Petersburg. Ship tours are available throughout the month.  You can find more information by clicking here.

 Plans are already in place to make Snug Harbor Marina in Fort Myers the ship's permanent Winter port.