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Privateer ship sails into Tampa Bay for tours

Published:   |   Updated: January 15, 2014 at 06:55 PM

The historic clipper schooner Lynx sailed through Tampa Bay and docked at the Tampa Convention Center today, where it will help celebrate the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The 80-foot ship will remain in Tampa through Jan. 22, offering tours and short trips before setting sail for St. Petersburg.

The current Lynx is based on a privateer ship of the same name built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Md., according to the ship's website. The visiting ship was built by Rockport Marine and launched in 2001 from Rockport, Maine.

Privateers were crucial to the American Navy in the War of 1812. Since the Navy had only 17 ships, the government granted special permission to privateer ships willing to prey on the enemy's shipping, the Lynx website said.

Tickets for tours of the ship are $10. Tickets to ride the ship during a two-hour sailaway are $35 and $55. The ship will also sell tickets for the trip from Tampa to St. Petersburg that are $85 for adults and $45 for children 12 and under

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