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Tall ship 'Lynx' sails into Tampa Bay for Gasparilla

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

A full-size replica of a 19th-century wooden privateer ship sailed into the waters off of St. Petersburg today with cannons blazing.

The 122-foot sailing ship Lynx arrived in Tampa Bay just in time to take part in the Gasparilla Pirate Festival on Saturday. The Lynx will join the fully rigged Jose Gasparilla pirate ship and hundreds of other boats sailing into Seddon Channel in downtown Tampa as part of the "pirate invasion floatilla," set to arrive at the Tampa Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.

The Lynx will be docked today at the Harborage Marina at 1110 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, and will be open for tours for $6 from 1 to 6 p.m. The ship returns to St. Petersburg from Sunday until Wednesday where it will offer daily tours and two-hour sailings for $35 to $60.

Tickets and a full schedule are available at privateerlynx.com.

The Lynx is a replica of the original Lynx, which helped America win the War of 1812 against the British. Crew members wear authentic maritime clothing from the early 1800s. 

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