The Return of the American Schooner, Lynx!
December 1 - December 10
The Tall Ship Lynx will be making her first visit to Brunswick, GA from December 1st – 10th, 2018. Tours of the Lynx deck and public sailings will be conducted during their visit. Schedules for free deck tours and information for purchasing tickets for the public sailings are posted at stmarystallshipalliance.org and at brunswicklandingmarina.com/lynx. Captain Alex Peacock and his chief mate Casey Larro will be available for interviews once the Lynx has docked. This event is being hosted by Brunswick Landing Marina and organized by the St. Mary’s Tall Ship Alliance.
The Tall Ship Lynx, a 122-foot ship, is expected to come under the Sidney Lanier Bridge with full sails on December 1, 2018. It will then head into the East River in Downtown Brunswick, do a gun salute and make her way to Brunswick Landing Marina where she will berth until December 10, 2018. The boat will up to the public for free deck tours and scheduled public sailings.
The Lynx was built as a hands-on educational tool to teach American history. Its educational programs are run by a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The funding comes from donations and from the fees that corporations and members of the public pay to go on sails or to rent the Lynx for events.
The Lynx is an interpretation of an 1812 vessel of the same name that was one of the first privateers to take to the seas after the start of the War of 1812. A privateer was used to prey on British merchant vessels. Although the Lynx was designed like a privateer, she was outfitted for trade so she could help keep supply lines open for the Americans during the war. She was captured about a year into the war and saw service as a Royal Navy vessel called the Mosquidobit. In the late 1990s, the modern Lynx was built to the plans of the original. There is a strong history of privateering in the near waters and the St Mary’s River both for their safe harbor in storms but also for the concealment and protection of the locals.
The Tall Ship Lynx is dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence. The maritime challenges during the War of 1812 are taught aboard the American Privateer Schooner Lynx utilizing a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sail training.
The Lynx will host a forum for area school teachers and administrators interested in planning field trips for their students when the ship returns in the spring of 2019. The Lynx will conduct classes exploring the ways of seafarers in the 18th and 19th centuries, the roles played by privateers in American history as well as teach the important lessons of the Revolutionary War. The forum will be held on Thursday, December 6th from 2pm to 4pm.
Brunswick Landing Marina, where the Lynx will be docked during her stay, is a 101-acre marina with 347 wet slips and 100 dry slips and is able to accommodate vessels up to 225-ft in length. The area where the marina is located was used by the US Navy as a hurricane hole prior to the construction of the marina. The marina is surrounded by land on three sides which protects the docks and customers’ boats from hurricanes. This unique geographic quality is why during hurricanes every one of the slips at the marina are occupied.
The St. Marys Tall Ship Alliance’s primary mission is promoting the world’s Tall Ships and inviting them to the historic waterfronts of Southeast Georgia. The Alliance, a Georgia non-profit, will promote and celebrate the rich history of St. Marys and Georgia’s maritime history. St. Marys Tall Ship Alliance has shown that our efforts establish a point of interest for both St. Marys and the southeastern Atlantic coast, extolling a point of interest for tourism from all points North and South of Georgia’s Borders.
For media inquiries contact: James Crawford, VP – Communications, St. Marys Tall Ship Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803.372.4009, for information of the ship or the Lynx educational Foundation contact, Captain Donald Peacock 978.479.2197 www.tallshiplynx.org