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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
    Specifications:
    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
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