The privateer USS Lynx of 1812
Lynx was built at Fell’s Point, Baltimore during the early days of the War of 1812 and finally commissioned on July 14, 1812 - not one month after war was declared. She was larger than most privateers being built at that time. She was mainly 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 before the wind, but also greater maneuverability by their braking action when required for turning quickly or stopping.
Lynx worked as a trader for less than a year. From a voyage to Bordeaux, France she returned with a cargo typical of that being shipped in fast topsail schooners: luxury goods wine, perfume, gloves and stockings. While in April 1813 waiting with three other sharp built schooners to run a blockade and start their next voyage, they were attacked by the boats of a British naval squadron. None of the four were able to fight off the seventeen armed boats that went after them. There was no wind, so they could not use their famous speed, when the British boats, propelled by oars and manned by Royal Marines, attacked and took them.
Lynx was named Mosquidobit on joining the British fleet blockading the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. After Napoleon’s defeat and the end of Britain’s war with France, Mosquidobit sailed to Deptford, England where her lines were taken off. Afterwards she is believed to have served in the Mediterranean, travelling between Toulon and Marseilles. By 1820, she had been decommissioned and sold. (More information on webpage 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. Click images to enlarge!
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: email@example.com .
If you come by car, it is easy to find my home.