Imagine yourself a Pirate. Visit the schooner Lynx October 28-31 in New London (or we’ll make you walk the plank).

Ahoy, matey! Tis not too chilly for this hardy crew. Head down to the docks of New London beginning October 28 for a visit aboard the schooner Lynx. The tall ship is a replica of the privateer schooner from the War of 1812, a revered vessel that patrolled the seas to defend America’s freedom.

Pirates you said? If the ship itself isn’t cool enough, this is where the training for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies happened, an extra reason to check it out!

If you’re waiting when the ship arrives in New London, you’ll see the salute from the main battery of 6-pounder carronades (cannons). Then you get to board the ship, hoist sails, steer, and fire the cannons yourself. The kids will love this (and I’m sure the adults will too). The crew is dressed in period costumes and they run the ship as they would have in the early 19th century–no phones or GPS!

The Lynx is heading out on a 5-year mission across the East Coast and Canada to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner.

Tours of the ship here last through Halloween (October 31). Board in New London Waterfront Park. Tours are only $7 and kids 12 and under are free, so there’s no excuse for missing out. Hope to see you on the captain’s log!

Photo courtesy of Michael Folsom and Peter Viau at www.privateerlynx.com.

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