Two very interesting tall ships visited Boston Harbor this summer. The first was a reproduction of the Lynx, an American privateer originally built in 1812. In the War of 1812 the US had only 17 ships in its navy while the British had over 700. So, the US contracted with private vessels to capture British merchant ships and essentially licensed piracy. The design of the these privateers and the tactics they used are fascinating.
I got to sail on the Lynx so don’t have a photo of her on the water from afar. These are from aboard.
The other ship was the Charles W. Morgan the last of the American whaling fleet. Built in 1841 she is America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The only ship older is the USS Constitution which is next to her in the first two photos.
There was an interesting tie-in to the Charlestown Navy Yard where they were docked. The Morgan was being restored at the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea when oak timbers cut for ship building over 100 years ago were found when excavating for the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Navy Yard. Some of the timbers are now part of the Morgan’s hull. The last photo is of the completed Spaulding Hospital.