The Tall Ship Lynx, a model of one of the earliest warships used in the War of 1812, is docking in St. Petersburg this week.
The American Privateer Schooner Lynx reached the Harborage Marina at Bayboro Monday, and will open for the general public Saturday. The ship’s crew will run educational lessons and tours for students of Admiral Farragut Academy from Wednesday through Friday.
A crew of 11 cadets portraying early 19th Century American sailors aims to educate visitors about the hardships mariners faced during the early 1800s. The ship also offers instruction in traditional sail training.
The crew will spend three days working with Admiral Farragut Academy, a college preparatory school in west St. Petersburg with an international boarding program and a notable curriculum in Naval Science.
Donald Peacock, chairman of the Lynx Educational Foundation, says the hands-on lessons about historical sailing skills will help Farragut students understand and appreciate what their predecessors experienced to preserve America’s independence.
“The goal of Lynx’s visit is to foster a tight-knit relationship with Admiral Farragut Academy, considering its devotion to educating students in Naval Science and its appreciation to the maritime industry,” said Peacock in a media release.
Architect Melbourne Smith and Rockport Marine recreated the Topsail Lynx 2001. The group maintained character of the original schooner while fulfilling all modern U.S. Coast Guard statutes. The 94-ton replica is decorated with antique nautical codes and flags from the early 1800s.
Peacock says the vessel’s crew members are preparing the Lynx’s upcoming partnership with the United States Naval Academy in an anticipated nautical program.
“The visit carries even greater significance due to the Lynx’s scheduled participation with the United States Naval Academy for an upcoming maritime program in Annapolis remember the Water of 1812 this spring,” said Peacock.