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Schooner to offer tours, trips in visit to Tampa


Published:   |   Updated: January 14, 2014 at 01:36 PM

The 80-foot, historic clipper schooner Lynx is coming to Tampa to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The ship is due to dock at the Tampa Convention Center at noon Jan. 15, and remain there until Jan. 22. The Lynx then visits St. Petersburg at 4 p.m. Jan. 23. The ship, which previously stopped in Fort Myers, will be open for tours and short trips.

The current Lynx is based on a privateer 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 critical to the American navy in the war. Since the navy had only 17 ships, the government granted special permission to private ships willing to prey on the enemy’s shipping, the website said.

Tickets for tours of the ship are $10. Tickerts 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.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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