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

A tall ship inspired by a vessel from the War of 1812 will once again sail into Tampa Bay Jan. 15 through March 13 and will offer tours on both sides of the bay.

The Lynx, which has been called a sailing history museum, will have hands-on educational tours, historical programs and sailing excursions for students through the nonprofit Lynx Educational Foundation.

The 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner — which made a 12-day stop in Tampa Bay last year — will sail under the Sunshine Skyway bridge and shoot cannons as it heads to Tampa on Jan. 15, where it will be docked by the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., through Jan. 22. It will again take part in the Gasparilla flotilla this year on Jan. 25, organizers said.

It will sail to St. Petersburg's Harborage Marina at 1110 Third St. S., where tours begin on Jan. 23.

The schedule will be:

• Tampa: Jan. 15 through 22 and Feb. 18 through 27.

• St. Petersburg: Jan. 23 through Feb. 16 and Feb. 28 through March 13.

In Tampa, where the tall sails can't be set up because of all the low bridges, tours of the ship are $10, 12 and younger free. Harbor excursions are $55, $30 for 12 and younger.

In St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor, the full-sail excursions will be $65, $35 ages 4-12 for sailaways, and tours will be $10, 12 and younger free.

For reservations call (866) 446-5969 or visit privateerlynx.org for online ticketing.

The crew of the Lynx wears authentic maritime clothing from the early 1800s. The ship was built to near-exact specifications of the original fast, armed privateer Lynx, which helped America in the War of 1812 against the British.

Tall ship 'Lynx' to return to Tampa Bay, be open for tours 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 2:45pm]
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