Published: Dec 31, 2013 10:57 AM EST
Updated: Dec 31, 2013 11:32 AM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Until January 12, the 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be docked at Nervous Nellies Restaurant in Ft. Myers Beach offering visitors a trip back in time.

Lynx is 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.

Lynx acts as an educational platform and provides a unique opportunity for students and adults to interact with their American History lessons and renders a hands-on experience.

Visitors can 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. On decks and below Lynx evokes the life, spirit, and atmosphere of a vanished age of sail.

Services available include:

  • Dockside tours
  • Day trips
  • Private Charters
  • Port to Port passages

Ft. Myers Beach Schedule: December 20 – January 11 / March 16 – May 18

Tampa Schedule: January 15 – 22 / February 18 – 27

St Petersburg Schedule: January 23 – February 16 / February 28 – March 13

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing and donations.