Captain of Lynx Tall Ship Talks Vessel

By KBJR News 1

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM CDT

The Duluth Music & Maritime Festival doesn't start until Friday, but the city welcomed a significant guest to the party today.

Three Tall Ships are sailing on Lake Superior heading for Duluth to participate in the annual Maritime Festival.

The first of the three, the Lynx, reached the Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon around 3:30pm.

It's the first visit to Duluth for the Lynx, which is an interpretation of a naval ship from the War of 1812.

Two more ships, the U.S. Brig Niagara and Pride of Baltimore Two, are expected to arrive in Duluth tomorrow.

The tall ships plan to make several excursions out into the lake while they're here so people will have several chances to get a look at the beautiful sailing vessels. Captain of the Lynx ship, LeeAnne Gordon enjoyed their time coming into the bay this afternoon.

The following is what she had to say about her travels:

“We had what I understand is very a-typical Lake Superior weather. We had a lot of days that we’re really flat calm. There was no sea state. We had good winds, so we were able to sail a good chunk of the way here from Toledo. That was our last stop, and actually this afternoon we were out playing around just off of the mouth of the harbor and we were having great winds and great sailing. So we were a little late coming in because we were having such a great time out there. So it’s a shame to waste a great breeze. We left Toledo a week ago on Wednesday, so a week ago today. So we’ve been seven days underway. We did stop very briefly in Sault St. Marie. So we brought the boat alongside. We took care of the ships needs there, and the crew got like an hour to go into town and go to shore. So some of them may have been able to find an ice cream place, but I don’t think they got too much done. So really we were underway for about seven days from Toledo to here. We started off in Toledo the west end of Lake Erie with a pretty calm day. Then we had the Detroit River and Lake St. Claire, St. Claire River, then all of Lake Huron, the little passage between Lake Huron and Lake Superior, and were now here on Lake Superior. Every boat has its own unique story. We’ll be kind of in a unique place here in Duluth this weekend because we have two other War of 1812 ships joining us. The pride of Baltimore II and the Niagara will both be here and those two ships have long width lengths and are all War of 1812 era. So Lynx is actually a re-interpretation of a War of 1812 privateer, which is unique because its one of the ways individual citizens and individual groups could assist the war efforts during the War of 1812 because our navy wasn’t very large. So, it was dependent on an effort from individual ship owners and sailors to man privateers and to go out and either raid British commerce and to try to keep the supply lines going in the United States by running blockades. So, they’re very unique in that regard, and they’re a little bit different from a ship that you might see out and about, and very different from today’s commerce ships that you seeing coming and going into Duluth’s harbor. "