Privateer Lynx

The construction of the replica 1812 Privateer Lynx was a labor of love by life-long sailor and student of maritime history, Woodson K. Woodson. His goal was to create a living history museum that brings to life America’s struggle to preserve its independence during the War of 1812. I had the good fortune to sail aboard Lynx on San Francisco Bay in a stiff 25 knot breeze. As well as photograph her sailing on several occasions off San Diego. Hopefully this collection of images will give you an idea of her grace and character. Carved into her wheel is the ship’s motto, “Be excellent to each other and to your ship.” That attitude is embraced with pride by all those connected to her. If ever there was a ship with a soul, it is Lynx.

You can follow Lynx progress as she prepares for the War of 1812 bicentennial here –

Lynx charging across the Golden Gate.

Morning fog with stunsail booms set.

S.F. City Front, Captain Craig Chipman at the helm.

Crew going aloft.

Hoisting the mainsail.

American craftsmanship expressed in every detail.

One of four 6-pound carronade.

One of four 6-pound carronades.

Sliding on a glassy day off San Diego.

Another magical moment sailing alongside Lynx.

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