If your heart skips a beat when you see a tall ship sailing past, then you’ll want to be in Fort Myers as the Privateer Lynx makes its winter home (through March 31) at Nervous Nellie’s Crazy Waterfront Eatery.
With her 10-person crew, the 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner has sailed often along the Atlantic seaboard, and recently traveled up Florida’s Gulf coast to participate in the legendary Gasparilla festival.
Since her return to Fort Myers, she’s been casting off for two-hour charters – certainly a more casual pastime than when her privateer ancestors were running British blockades and preying upon the enemy’s merchant ships.
Recognized as a living history museum, crew members aboard the Lynx wear uniforms and practice maritime protocols in keeping with the early 19th Century. Look closer and you’ll see a functioning main battery of carronade and swivel guns, historic small arms, and pennants and flags from the 1812 period.
To step aboard, the cost is $6, with children under 12 admitted for free. If you’d really like to see what a ship like this can do, adults pay $65 and kids 12 and under pay $12 for the two-hour tour.
For reservations or ticket information, visit privateerlynx.com.