Friday, October 14, 2011

Privateer Lynx Sails into Newport – Mate Gus is all smiles!

Earlier this October the Privateer Lynx sailed into Newport Harbor.   Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812.  She was one of the first ships to defend American freedom against the British. 

So why is Mate Gus smiling?  Gus knows the Lynx well.  His grandfather, Melbourne Smith designed Lynx.  Mr. Smith is a well know naval architect and has designed ships including Spirit of Massachusetts, Pride of Baltimore and Federalist.  Who knew Gus came from such a seaworthy family?

The Lynx’s visit to Newport is a preview to the Tall Ships Festival scheduled to visit Newport in July of 2012.  Over twenty tall ships are scheduled to sail into Newport to honor the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  Gus won’t be the only one smiling then!

For more about Lynx and Melbourne Smith visit

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