Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tall Ship Lynx to Return to Clayton in September 2011

Clayton, New York (August 4, 2011) – Just a few short months ago, the village of Clayton and the Thousand Islands Regional Dock was graced with a visit by America’s Privateer, tall ship Lynx. Now as the summer comes to a close, Lynx will again visit Clayton while en route to the Atlantic Ocean for the winter months. The 122-foot square top sail schooner, which was originally slated to visit Ogdensburg, will sail into Clayton for the second time this year on Thursday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m. The ship will visit the small St. Lawrence River community through September 11.

“We are overly excited to welcome back our friends aboard tall ship Lynx,” said Michael Folsom, organizer of Sailing Seaway Clayton, a new summer event in Clayton which brought the ship to town back in June. “The Clayton community proved to be a excellent host and in doing so, the staff of Lynx has agreed to bring the ship into port for the second time in a little more than two months.”

The ship will make its way along the St. Lawrence Seaway and mark her return as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pounder carronades upon her grand arrival into Clayton, which will be the only port this summer to have two visits from the ship. “We are very excited for our return visit to Clayton, and want to thank wholeheartedly our host, the village of Clayton. It is through their generous support that Clayton and North Country residents will once again have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, America’s National Treasure.” said Jeffrey Woods, Director Operations for Lynx Educational Foundation.

If you missed the opportunity to view or board Lynx in June, the celebrated War of 1812 privateer will again be offering public deck tours and sailing excursions.

“More than 5,000 people came to the park in June to see the ship and over 400 of them sailed aboard Lynx. This visit will give the people who missed out in June the chance to tour or sail before the ship sets out for the coast and doesn’t return until 2013,” explained Folsom.

The ship is also committed to return to Clayton during the summer of 2013 for the Sailing Seaway Clayton event.

Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Maryland. The ship was among some of the first to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts. The replica War of 1812 tall ship boasts a massive 94-foot tall mainmast and more than 1,200 square foot mainsail. In addition to its size and beauty, the crew of Lynx was at one time hired for their expertise in sailing to help train the cast and crew of the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Tall Ship Lynx Schedule of Public Events in Clayton:

Thursday, September 8

12 pm - Grand arrival

1 pm – 6 pm – Ship Tours: Adults $5 (12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult)

Friday, September 9

1 pm – 4 pm – Ship Tours: Adults $5 (12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult)

Saturday, September

10 am - 1 pm – Ship Tours: Adults $5 (12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult)

2 pm - 4 pm - Public Sailaway: Adults $55, Sr. & Active Military/ID $45, (Ages 4 to 12) $30

5 pm - 7 pm – Public Sunset Sailaway: Adults $55, Sr. & Active Military/ID $45, (Ages 4 to 12) $30

Sunday, September 11

10 am - 2 pm – Ship Tours: Adults $5 (12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult)

3 pm - 5 pm - Public Sailaway: Adults $55, Sr. & Active Military/ID $45, (Ages 4 to 12) $30

Boarding Location: Riverside Drive, Clayton – Frink Park

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing.

Additional information will be announced in the coming days for a school related program aboard Lynx. Stay tuned to TheShipWatcher.com for details.

The Lynx Educational Foundation, operator of tall ship Lynx, is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America's struggle to preserve its independence. The maritime challenges during the War of 1812 are taught aboard the American Privateer Schooner Lynx utilizing a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sail training.

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