The privateer Lynx pays a return visit to Kaua‘i waters

The Lynx, a replica of an 1812 American privateer, was watched by spectators at the Ninini Point Lighthouse as it made its way around the buoy into Nawiliwili Harbor on Wednesday.

Once past the buoy, the Lynx fired a round from its cannon. Another round was fired as it rounded the jetty seawall.

The Lynx is sailing along the East Side today on its way to an anchorage at Hanalei Bay.

The sailing ship paid an earlier visit to Kaua‘i last summer.

The vessel is owned by Woody Woods, a renowned restorer of aircraft, and is used as a training vessel based at Newport Beach, Calif.

The original Lynx was a fast ship in its day, able to outrun merchant vessels, and used to plunder British shipping during the War of 1812, sailing out of Fell’s Point, Md. Privateer owners made fortunes in the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812 through the prize monies they gained by capturing enemy vessels.

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