The square topsail schooner Lynx has been designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner or naval schooner from the War of 1812, the original Lynx being a “letter of marque” Baltimore Clipper commissioned during the opening days of the war.
Dedicated to all those who cherish the blessings of America, Lynx sails as a living history museum, providing inspiration and resolve at this time in our nation’s history. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies flags and pennants from the 1812 era. To complement her historic character, the Lynx crew members wear period uniforms and operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th century America.
The original Lynx was captured by the British Navy after less than one year as a trader. A second Lynx was built in 1814 and was lost with all hands in a hurricane off the coast of Jamaica. Interestingly both the original letter of marque trader Lynx and her naval namesake ended their military service at almost the same moment in January of 1820.