Sanibel history buffs will be pleased to know that Fort Myers Beach will become the winter home of the 1812-era tall ship Lynx instead of just a short time visitor to the area.
Originally, the Lynx was to anchor at the Snug Harbour pier through Jan. 24 before sailing off to its next port visit at St. Petersburg and various other ports in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coast, Great Lakes and Canada over the next five years.
The purpose of its visit was to offer tours and private charters, host receptions and school educational programs. The public interest shown the ship and its crew was so impressive the Lynx now will return to Snug Harbour on Feb. 1 where it will remain through March.
Photo courtesy of Jane Ross
Lynx Captain Don Peacock announces the 122-foot clipper schooner warship will use Fort Myers Beach as its permanent winter home.
"We will be wintering here in Fort Myers Beach," Lynx Captain Don Peacock told the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce January membership luncheon last week at Charley's Boathouse.
Peacock also is chairman of the Lynx Educational Foundation.
The Lynx is a 122-foot Clipper Schooner replica of the 1812-era warship. It is heavily armed and fired a salute from her main battery of six-pound carronades upon her arrival at Fort Myers Beach on Jan. 3
Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Md.
Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Md. She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts.
Although captured early in the war, the original Lynx design was recognized as superior. With her rakish profile and superior sailing abilities, she served as an inspiration to those ships that would follow.
The Privateer and 1812-styled war ship Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
All proceeds help support the educational programs taught aboard Lynx.
Boarding takes place at Nervous Nellie's Waterfront Eatery at Snug Harbour Marina, 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach.
For more information, visit PrivateerLynx.org or call 866-446-5969.