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Tall ships arrive in King Harbor

October 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A replica of an early American Navy schooner and the state's tall ship will call on King Harbor as part of Redondo Beach's first-ever Clean Waterfront Festival, set for Oct. 12. The privateer Lynx, 122-foot topsail schooner similar to the swift gunships that ran British blockades in the War of 1812 and fought pirates along Barbary Coast, is due in port Tuesday, and the 145-foot Californian is expected a few days afterward, the Daily Breeze reported.

Both traditionally built, wooden ships will be open for tours and mock battles, complete with cannon fire, during the festival at Seaside Lagoon, which focuses on water quality issues and educational programs.

The Californian was built at Spanish Landing in San Diego Bay and launched for the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The ship is a replica of an 1847 revenue cutter, the C.W. Lawrence, which patrolled the coast during the Gold Rush.

The Newport Beach-based Lynx was built in Maine in 2001.

Reservations for day sails and tour are available by calling (866) 446- 5969, or go to http://www.privateerlynx.com.

 

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