Privateer Lynx Hopes to Connect East Coast Communities

Posted on 14 November 2012

On October 12 the Clipper Schooner Lynx docked on Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf, offering residents and visitors a peek into maritime life. The visit was part of a five-year mission which is taking the Lynx up and down the eastern seaboard in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

As part of this celebration, the Privateer Lynx spent part of its journey collecting gifts in each port of call, to be delivered to its next destination in an effort to connect the seaside communities that welcome the Lynx into its harbors.

The Lynx is a recreation of an actual privateer of the same name built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point Maryland. According to Jeffrey Woods, the executive director of the Lynx educational foundation, she was one of the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports. Despite being captured early in the war, naval engineers continued to study the Lynx design for later vessels.

During Tuesday night’s Sag Harbor Sag Harbor Village Board meeting, Southampton resident Dr. Alan Rice said the Lynx’s journey to Sag Harbor was successful, despite the rains that pummeled the ship during its first day on Long Wharf.

The Lynx’s primary function is purely educational, said Dr. Rice, and the foundation has expressed interest in making Sag Harbor a home during its northeast tours each summer and fall.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Rice delivered the village board a gift from Mystic, Connecticut chosen specifically for Sag Harbor Village — the book “America and the Sea: A Maritime History.” In turn, Dr. Rice sent with the Lynx a copy of “Keeping Time in Sag Harbor,” signed by various residents at The American Hotel during the ship’s weekend stay in the village, to be passed on to another seaside community on its journey.

“We hope this kind of exchange can continue,” said Dr. Rice.

Havens Beach Funding Possible

As the Village of Sag Harbor continues to move forward with plans for a remediation of Havens Beach —a plan literally a decade in the making — on Tuesday night the village board adopted a resolution naming it the lead agency in a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) of the proposal.

The village, through its planning consultant Inter-Science Research Associates, has proposed to dredge the ditch leading to Havens Beach, refill the area with clean sand and native plants and install a bio-filtration unit to combat stormwater entering the ditch leading to Sag Harbor’s lone bathing beach.

The village will seek a matching grant, upwards of $140,000, from Suffolk County, to help fund the project.

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