Lynx (tall ship)

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Schooner Lynx
Name: Lynx
Builder: Rockport Marine, Rockport, Maine
Launched: 28 July 2001
Homeport: Nantucket, Massachusetts
Status: Training vessel
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 98.6 long tons (100 t)
  • 122 ft (37 m) sparred
  • 76 ft (23 m) on deck
  • 72 ft (22 m) w/l
Beam: 23 ft (7.0 m)
Height: 94 ft (29 m) at mainmast
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Sail plan: 4,669 sq ft (433.8 m2)

Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start of her second voyage and took her into service as HMS Mosquidobit.

America's Privateer Lynx[edit]

The replica of Lynx sailing today was designed by Melbourne Smith[Note 1] - International Historical Watercraft Society, based on historical data, and built by Taylor Allen and Eric Sewell of Rockport Marine at Rockport, Maine. She was launched on July 28, 2001 at Rockport. Her port of registry is Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Today, instead of fighting the British like her original counterpart, she serves as a sailing classroom. Lynx offers an early American history program as well as a life, earth and physical science program to schools. She teaches seamanship and history to those who step on her deck. "Lynx" is currently partnered with the Egan Maratime Institute of Nantucket and sails daily out of Nantucket with passengers in the summer months, and in the spring and fall takes groups of students from the local schools out for sails. "Lynx" participates in local regattas, notably placing third in the Schooner Class in the 2018 Opera House Cup.

The Lynx Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America's struggle to preserve its independence.

Lynx on the Chester River at Chestertown, Maryland in 2017

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External links[edit]


  • Robinson, J. Dennis. (2011). America's Privateer: Lynx and the War of 1812. Lynx Educational Foundation. ISBN 978-0-578-09075-7.