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Hoisting sails and swabbing decks aboard the Lynx


Last updated 3/22/2007 at Noon

The crew calls it a “122-foot fully rigged time machine.” Carrying 4,669 square feet of sail and 114 tons of ship, this almost-replica of an 1812 American Privateer docked in Oceanside Harbor on the weekend of March 17.

A privateer was a privately owned ship, or the captain who sailed her, that had been granted authority by a country to attack enemy vessels during time of war. Sir Francis Drake was one of the more notable privateers.

The Lynx is not a true replica because, although it was inspired by the original ship, which was built by Thomas Kemp in 1812, this Lynx is an updated ve...

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