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Tall ship 'Lynx' to sail to Tampa Bay, be open for tours

A ship inspired by a vessel from the War of 1812 will sail into Tampa Bay on Friday in a booming celebration.

The Lynx, a 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner, will sail under the Sunshine Skyway bridge, shoot cannons near the St. Petersburg Pier and sail into the Harborage Marina at 1110 Third St. S.

"It's just a magnificent sight," said Jeffrey Woods, executive director of the Lynx Educational Foundation. "This is a piece of history before your eyes."

The ship is expected to arrive at the marina at noon Friday, and it will be in Tampa Bay for four days. The public can tour the ship and schedule two-hour onboard sailing excursions.

Tickets for tours are $6 and free for children 12 and under.

Two-hour sailing trips are $65 for visitors 13 and older and $35 for 12 and under. Reservations are required for sailing trips, which can be scheduled by calling 1-866-446-5969 toll-free, or visiting privateerlynx.com.

The wooden ship is inspired by a vessel that patrolled the East Coast, protecting the United States from the British in the War of 1812. Woods said some consider that war the second war for U.S. independence.

The ship is run by the Lynx Educational Foundation, and all of the ticket sales go toward the nonprofit group to support educational programs.

The Lynx, a 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner, arrives Friday.

Lynx Educational Foundation

The Lynx, a 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner, arrives Friday.

Tall ship 'Lynx' to sail to Tampa Bay, be open for tours 01/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 1:35pm]

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