The privateer USS Lynx of 1812
Lynx was built at Fell’s Point, Baltimore during the opening days of the War of 1812. Lynx was commissioned on July 14, 1812 - not one month after war was declared - and was larger than most privateers then being built. She was fitted out as a trader and not for the taking of prizes; she carried a crew of 40 men and was armed with 12-pounder long guns. She was schooner-rigged with a square topsails on the foremast. The square sails aloft gave her not only increased speed downwind, but greater maneuverability by their braking action when required for stopping or turning quickly.
Lynx saw service as a trader for less than a year. She made a voyage to Bordeaux, France and returned with a cargo typical of that being shipped in fast topsail schooners: luxury goods including perfume, wine, stockings, and gloves. While in April 1813 waiting with three other sharp built schooners to run a blockade maintained on several Virginia rivers and commence her next voyage, the four were captured by the boats of a British naval squadron. None of the four were able to fight off the 17 armed boats that attacked them. Their famous speed was of no use as there was no wind and the boats, propelled by oars and manned by Royal Marines, attacked.
Lynx joined the British fleet blockading the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay at Lynnhaven Bay and began her Royal Navy service as Mosquidobit. After Napoleon’s defeat and the end of Britain’s war with France, Mosquidobit was sent to Deptford, England where her lines were taken off and is thought to have served in the Mediterranean, sailing between Toulon and Marseilles. By 1820, she had been decommissioned and sold. (Text on history taken from Lynx, America's privateer)
Lynx’s design was recognized as superior and was taken, with some modifications, to build a six-gun U.S. Naval schooner of the same name. She was built in 1814 at the Washington Navy Yard.
In 2001 a replica of Lynx sailing today was designed, based on historical data, and built at Rockport, Maine. She was launched on July 28, 2001 and serves as a sailing classroom for American history and seamanship.
The USS Lynx model, photos, description and dimensions
The model clearly shows
the lines of the sharp built hull and the schooner rigging. The maker of
this model, Mr. Marung from Bautzen, Germany, won a
silver medal at the German
championship in 2010.
There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging.
The finely worked, elegant ship model is 1 : 50 scale.
Length is 87 cm, width 28 cm, height 81 cm.
The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
Price of the ship model and transport
The price of the model is 2400 Euro, plus transport cost.
Transport: The ship model can be secured in a transport box. This way,
truck or air cargo over long distances can be safely done.
If you live close by, picking up the model with your car may be a good way, too.
The ship model is available at my showroom in Recklinghausen. Here is information on how to order a ship model and how the transport can be arranged.
Please contact me, if you are
interested in the ship model.
Dr. Michael Czytko, Kuehlstr. 31, D-45659 Recklinghausen, Germany,
Tel. +49 2361 59757, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you come by car, it is easy to find my home.