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Privateer Lynx Hopes to Connect East Coast Communities

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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.

A Reminder of 1812: The Lynx Visits

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By Bryan Boyhan

On the heels of a visit from a group re-enacting the historic Revolutionary War Meig’s Raid this past weekend, the tall ship Lynx will sail into Sag Harbor this coming weekend, recalling the vessels that plied the coast during the War of 1812. The Lynx, a re-creation of a vessel of the same name that served as a privateer in the Chesapeake in the early 1800s has traveled the West Coast for the past ten years helping to teach America’s role in the War of 1812, and specifically the importance of these ships in the days before there was a United States Navy. This is the first time the ship has returned to the Atlantic since being launched in Rockport, Me., in 2001.

“The need for the awareness of what all these tall ships did, and their history, is enormous,” said Jeffrey Woods, director of operations for the Lynx.

The ship, which will arrive about 3 p.m. on Friday, measures 122-feet, stem to stern, and 78-feet on deck, with a main mast that stretches 94-feet in the air. It is a square topsail schooner that will take up to 40 people on board for three-hour adventure sails on Saturday and Sunday. The ship, whose crew dresses in period costume, will also welcome visitors on board while it is docked at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club over the weekend.

The Lynx has returned to the East Coast in preparation for the 200th anniversary celebration of the War of 1812, when tall ships from around the country will sail the waterways of the East Coast and up into the Great Lakes. It’s owners plan to keep the Lynx on the East Coast for about five years, and want to establish the same relationships with schools and organizations it did while on the West Coast, where its curriculum meets the standards of the California Department of Education.

“We give the experience of the life of a sailor in 1812 and teach America’s involvement in the War of 1812,” said Woods, adding the Lynx is outfitted much the same way vessels of the period would be, including a collection of carronades which will be fired as she arrives in Sag Harbor. In fact, the ship regularly participates in competition battles with other similar period ships.

It’s arrival here may also herald a future of Sag Harbor being home port to a couple of tall ships, said Alan Rice, one of the people responsible for attracting the Lynx’s visit.

“Sailing ships like these are a great opportunity to teach science, math and history and considering Sag Harbor’s heritage we feel it would be very appropriate to have them here,” said Rice.

The Lynx will be available for dockside tours on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (contributions welcome). Adventure sails will be held Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (adults $65, children under 12, $35). Tickets can be bought at the boat or by visiting www.privateerlynx.org.