Fort Myers Beach, FL (January 10, 2012) – The Lynx Educational Foundation, operators of Privateer Lynx, announced today that Fort Myers Beach, Florida has been selected as the ship’s new winter home port of call.
“It is with great pleasure to bring Lynx to the Fort Myers Beach community,” Jeffrey Woods, Executive Director, Lynx Educational Foundation said. “The reception our organization has received during our brief stay has only solidified our desire to make Fort Myers Beach our home for the winter.”
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). Lynx did not have a designated winter port on the East Coast prior to today’s announcement.
"Our ultimate goal is not only to bring them here and hopefully make this their winter home, maybe in the future we'll be able to get more of those tall ships to Fort Myers Beach and have our own tall ship festival here," Nervous Nellie's manager Steve DeAngelis said.
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 presence of the ship in Fort Myers Beach has definitely turned heads and we are excited to see the continuous flow of intrigued people coming down to the dock to explore what Lynx is all about,” explained Don Peacock, Board President, Lynx Educational Foundation.
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.
With a noble mission, Lynx now acts as a dynamic educational platform and 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.
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 at 12 p.m.
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