June 18th, 1812, President James Madison and the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain. Battles raged throughout the continent for over two years before peace was negotiated. For Americans, the War of 1812 played an important part in our nation’s development. In 2012, America will commemorate our Navy’s history, honor the men and women who fought for our freedom, who are serving us today, and celebrate with the world our maritime heritage. As 2012 approaches, Lynx "Americas Privateer" is scheduled to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. Lynx will also be a part of the culmination of the Bicentennial events at Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor on September 16, 2014.
Through this commemoration of the War of 1812, the important mission of Lynx and the US Navy will be advanced as we celebrate and honor the contributions the Navy has made in the building of our country while educating our communities on the important battles and historic events that took place on our very waterfronts to defend our nation.
The 122-foot top sail schooner privateer Lynx is a unique National Treasure. Launched in 2001 on plans dating from the War of 1812, the Lynx brings American history back from the past and immerses students in lessons about this nation’s founding and it’s defense of freedom. The original Lynx played a role in the writing of the Star Spangled Banner—our national anthem composed as the British sought to destroy Fort McHenry and the Baltimore shipyards where the Lynx and sister Baltimore clipper schooners were constructed to run the British blockade.
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Lynx is operated by the Lynx Educational Foundation, which is a 501-C3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing outstanding educational programs that inspire students and achieve results. Please visit our website at www.privateerlynx.org for online donations or utilize enclosed envelope. The Lynx Educational Foundation has been awarded the National Maritime Historical Society 2010 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.
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WHAT IS A PRIVATEER? A privateer is a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign shipping during wartime. Privateering was a way of mobilizing armed ships and sailors without having to spend public money or commit naval officers. They were of great benefit to a smaller naval power or one facing an enemy dependent on trade: they disrupted commerce and pressured the enemy to deploy warships to protect merchant trade against commerce raiders. They were, essentially, a Renaissance-era equivalent to the corporate and independent "military contractors" of today.
The cost was borne by investors hoping to profit from prize money earned from captured cargo and vessels. The proceeds would be distributed among the privateer’s investors, officers and crew. It has been argued that privateering was a less destructive and wasteful form of warfare, because the goal was to capture ships rather than to sink them.
Privateers were part of naval warfare from the 16th to the 19th century. Some privateers have been particularly influential in the annals of history. Sometimes, the vessels would be commissioned into regular service as warships. The crew of a privateer might be treated as prisoners of war by the enemy country if captured.
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