Inspired by the Privateer Lynx, the legendary Tall Ship from the War of 1812, reconstruction on the Lynx began in 1997.
The vision of Woodson K. Woods in having the 78-foot replica built was to use it to teach both children and adults about the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence through sail training. The replica first launched in 2001 and was the largest shipbuilding project taken on by Rockport Marine in Maine in more than 100 years.
The Privateer Lynx was an 1812 Baltimore Clipper schooner that originated on Chesapeake Bay. Privateers were rarely used to engage the enemy, but instead served as escort ships used to harass enemy shipping vessels.
The Lynx was one of the War of 1812’s earlier privateer vessels and was captured early in the war.
The Lynx is expected to enter Greenport Harbor about noon on Friday, July 3. It will be available for tours each of the festival’s four days.
The ship was last docked in Greenport during the village’s Tall Ships Challenge event in 2012.