Lynx: In Defense of America’s Freedom

Lynx: In Defense of America’s FreedomTall Ships® Chicago 2013 presented by Pepsi® returns to Navy Pier August 7-11. The five-day festival features fourteen majestic Tall Ships. Visitors are able to view, walk and explore the decks, or even take a 75 or 120-minute sail aboard these magnificent vessels. One of the fourteen ships in the fleet is the Lynx, a topsail schooner.

Come aboard topsail schooner Lynx and be transported back in time as you relive history. Inspired by the historic tall ship from the War of 1812 The Privateer Lynx, the modern Lynx honors the spirit of the original vessel in her design and equipment, but with today’s regulations and safety requirements. Lynx serves as a living history museum, flying flags and pennants from the 1812 era. She is armed with functioning four six-pound cannons and four swivel guns, plus a stand of historic small arms for demonstration and historical purposes. The permanent crew aboard the ship wears period uniforms in keeping with 19th century American maritime traditions.

The modern Lynx is a 122-foot interpretation of the 1812 naval schooner which was a “letter of marque” (private vessel granted special permission to prey upon the enemy) Baltimore Clipper. Privateers proved effective as a blockade-runner and offensive weapon of war; these 1812 privateers were among the first to defend America’s freedom.

Lynx was the largest ship building project ever undertaken by Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine and was the first square-rigged vessel built in the area since 1885. Under the direction of creator Woodson K. Woods and designer Melbourne Smith, the modern Lynx was skillfully transformed from its 1812 incarnation to its 2001 interpretation.

The Lynx will be available for a 75-minute Sail Away Cruises on the morning of August 7, Parade of Sail Cruise with a 1 p.m. departure on August 7 and 120-minute Sail Away Cruises August 8 – 11. Visitors to the festival with Dockside Boarding Admission will be able to walk on board the Lynx August 8 – 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on August 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sail Away Cruises start at $69 and Parade of Sail Cruises are $229. Dockside Boarding Admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-12) and General Admission for entrance into the festival grounds is $5 all ages.

For more information, visit www.navypier.com/tallshipschicago

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