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War of 1812 Ship Lynx "America's Privateer" to visit Toledo

Toledo, OH - June 21, 2010 – The 122-foot, square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into the Port of Toledo for the first time on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 3 p.m. and will be docking beside the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship. The vessel will be firing a salute from her main battery of six-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance into the Port of Toledo. The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie, Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Privateer Lynx will be offering Public Dockside Tours in conjunction with the Boyer as well as Sailing Adventures on July 24 and 25, 2010. The boarding location is next to the Boyer in International Park in downtown Toledo. Donations will be requested for tours.
Lynx Schedule: Friday, July 23, 2010
 3 p.m. - Grand Arrival  4 – 5 p.m. – Public Dockside Tours Saturday and Sunday July 24 and 25, 2010  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Public Dockside Tours  2 - 5 p.m. - Public Adventure Sail
o Adults$65
o Children12&under-$35 Port-to-port passages are also available for the voyage between Toledo, Ohio and Port Colborne, Ontario. For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing.
The celebrated War of 1812 privateer square top sail schooner recently arrived on the East Coast from Hawaii and Californiaandisscheduledforafive-yearmissionalongtheEastCoastoftheUnitedStatesandCanada. The vessel will participate in the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series during the summer of 2010 and then will remain on the East Coast to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star- Spangled Banner.
“We are very excited for our visit to Toledo Harbor, and want to thank wholeheartedly our hosts Boyer/Riverfront Inc. which serves to operate and preserve the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship,” said Jeffrey Woods, Director Operations for Lynx Educational Foundation. “It is through their generous support that Toledo residents will have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, our National Treasure.”
The 114 ton Lynx is an interpretation of a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era making her one of the first ships to defend our freedom. The Lynx crew wears period dress and operates the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America. Lynx represents a “letter of Marque” Baltimore Clipper, considered to be among the finest privateer schooners ever built. Because of their swiftness and maneuverability, these ships were most effective as blockade runners and offensive weapons of war. Students and adults will recognize the War of 1812 as a significant element of American heritage and as a turning point in the development of our national identity. The educational early American history and science programs that are aboard Lynx meet specific State Standards.
Climb aboard and step back in time as you relive history and feel the adventure. Join the crew and hoist the sails, steer the ship, fire the main battery of six-pounder carronades and experience first hand life aboard a traditional, square topsail schooner. On decks and below Lynx evokes the life, spirit and atmosphere of a vanished age of sail. Lynx is available for school field trips, private charters, team building, and receptions.
The LYNX operates under the auspices of the Lynx Educational Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit, organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach early American history. The Maritime challenges during the War of 1812 are taught aboard the American Privateer Lynx utilizing a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sail training.