Come Jan. 3, all law-abiding, loyal and land-lubbing citizens are urged to be steadfast in heading to Snug Harbour's pier, as the heavily armed, 122-foot Clipper Schooner Lynx sails into the bay, expected to dock at noon.
Join the flotilla as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pound carronades upon her grand entrance, celebrating 200 years since the War of 1812.
"We are very excited to visit Fort Myers Beach for the first time, and want to wholeheartedly thank Rob DeGennaro with Nervous Nellie's Waterfront Eatery for hosting our visit," said Jeffrey Woods, executive director of Lynx Educational Foundation. "It is through his generous support that area residents will have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, America's Privateer, our National Treasure."
Photo courtesy STEPHEN DeANGELIS.
The Privateer and 1812-styled war ship Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Clipper Schooner will be on display and available for tours and trips through Jan. 17, when it heads off to its next port, St. Petersburg. It's available for private charters, team building, receptions and school educational programs, as well.
"Lynx 'America's Privateer' has arrived on the east coast, from Hawaii and California, and scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the U.S., The Gulf Coast, The Great Lakes and Canada, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner," Jeffrey said. "Don't miss this opportunity when Lynx makes a special appearance on Fort Myers Beach, as we relive history."
Upcoming schedule while Lynx is
along the shores of Fort Myers Beach:
Grand arrival: Thursday, Jan. 3 at noon, with a full deck gun salute. Public dockside tours, deck tours and sailaways will be available Jan. 4 to 17.
Public dockside tours: 3 to 6 p.m.
Public deck tours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Public sailaways: 3 to 5 p.m.
Pricing and more info
Public dockside tours: Adults, $6 donation. Children 12 and under, free.
Public sailaways: Adults, $65. Children 12 and under, $35.
Ship closed: Jan. 14 (crew's day off)
Jeffrey said all proceeds help support the educational programs taught aboard Lynx.
Boarding takes place at Nervous Nellie's Waterfront Eatery at Snug Harbor Marina, 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach.
Stay tuned to the Beach Bulletin for further details. For more information, visit PrivateerLynx.org or call 866-446-5969.