An educational tall sailing ship was expected to arrive in Brunswick overnight and be available for deck tours as early as 11 a.m. this morning.
The 122-foot vessel Lynx was originally set to arrive here Wednesday after being previously delayed, but was further held back due to poor weather and sailing conditions, according to Donald Peacock of the Lynx Educational Foundation.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the plan was for the ship to anchor overnight off the coast and transit to Brunswick Landing Marina at first light. Lynx is scheduled for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection at 9 a.m. today.
The ship is slated to stay at Dock No. 1 of Brunswick Landing Marina, 1701 Torras Landing in Brunswick, until Dec. 17. Free, public deck tours will be offered every day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. except Dec. 11-12. Deck tour hours will be shortened to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 only; all other days will have the extra 30 minutes.
Public sailing tickets are available for excursions from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12-16. Tickets are $25 for children 16 and younger and $45 for adults at TallShipLynx.com.
Sailings scheduled for Dec. 7-9 are sold out but are on schedule.
Lynx was originally scheduled to make cannon salutes near the St. Simons Lighthouse and Sidney Lanier Bridge as it entered the area. Those cannon salutes will now occur at a later time to be determined. Read The Brunswick News online and in print for updates.
Commissioned in 2001 as an educational vessel, the Lynx is an interpretation of a 1812 privateer, a warship for hire, of the same name that was used during the War of 1812. It is homeported in Nantucket, Mass., and travels the American coast offering programs for students and the general public to learn about early American maritime history.
It is coming to Brunswick thanks to the St. Marys Tall Ship Alliance, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting enthusiasm for tall ships and inviting them to the South Georgia coast.
The Brunswick Landing Marina is providing docking space for Lynx at no charge.
Educators and school administrators are also invited to visit Lynx during deck tour hours to learn about future field trip opportunities when Lynx returns in spring 2019.
The ship’s crew offers curriculum centered around seafaring in the 18th and 19th centuries, the role of privateer ships in American history and lessons on the Revolutionary War.