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USS Lynx (I)

Clipper rigged Schooner:
  • Built in 1814 for the Navy by James Owner of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Lynx in 1815
  • Sailed from Boston in July 1815 for the Mediterranean to suppress piratical acts of the Barbary Powers against American commerce
  • Returned to the United States late in 1815
  • Assigned to survey of the northeastern coast during 1817, LT. George W. Stover in command
  • Reassigned in 1817 to the Gulf of Mexico to suppress piracy along the US southern coast and the West Indies, capturing several schooners and boats
  • Lost at sea with all hands while enroute from St. Mary's GA., bound for Kingston, Jamaica in January 1820
    Displacement 150 t.
    Length 80'
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 50
    Armament six 12-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Lynx 236k Clipper-rigged schooner USS Lynx sail plan, circa 1814.
    Image unattributed, apparently from U.S. National Archives. From "The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development", by Howard I. Chappelle, New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1949, ISBN 1-56852-222-3, Plate X, facing p. 185
    Robert Hurst

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