About Tall Ship Lynx sails as Nantucket’s Tall Ship


Mission Statement

The Tall Ship Lynx is a non-partisan, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence. The maritime challenges during the War of 1812 are taught aboard the American Privateer Schooner Lynx utilizing a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sail training.

The Tall Ship Lynx is dedicated to all those who cherish the blessings of America.

Please join with us in our battle for education, achievement and an appreciation for our American heritage.


Woodson K. Woods

A life-long sailor and serious student of maritime history, Woodson K. Woods brings more than 40 years
of experience, knowledge and commitment as builder of Lynx.

Mr. Woods has steeped himself in the history and tradition of both the American and British Navy to guarantee the veracity and authenticity of Lynx and its educational programs.

“Lynx provides a training ground for children and adults,” says Mr. Woods, “and gives them the
opportunity to learn the ways of seafarers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lynx explores the role played by privateers
in American history as well as teaches the important lessons of the Revolutionary War.”

Mr. Woods oversaw every detail of the Lynx construction, from the initial creative spark to the selection of design and architect, from the choice of shipbuilder to the assembly of her crew. In his capacity as past president of six companies that have been dedicated to history, travel and adventure operations,
Mr. Woods has brought enormous experience, passionate dedication and widely respected managerial skills to Lynx.

A member of the American Sail Training Association and a published writer, Mr. Woods has ascertained that the spirit of the past has been reinvigorated in Lynx. His efforts are the culmination of a dream and an achievement of lasting worth.

As the driving force behind the Lynx, Mr. Woods says, “I wanted to create for others the rewards garnered from a deep interest in maritime history and the rich world of the sea.”

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Woods is the father of six children, has now retired and lives with his wife Alison in Hawaii.


Melbourne Smith
Designer and Consultant

Well-known naval architect Melbourne Smith is the designer of Lynx. A designer and builder of historical
sailing vessels for more than 25 years, Smith began his career in 1975 after 20 years of ocean and coastal sailing.
In addition to Lynx, other ships he has designed are the U.S. Brig Niagara, Californian,
Spirit of Massachusetts, Pride of Baltimore and Federalist.

A recognized marine illustrator with ship prints published by the U.S. Naval Institute and American Heritage Press,
Smith is president of the International Historical Watercraft Society. He also serves as co-chairman of Advisors to the
National Maritime Historical Society and is a trustee of the American Ship Trust.

In addition, Smith founded the American Clipper Trust, a not-for-profit organization which plans to construct the 1845
clipper ship, Sea Witch; its goal is to provide an experiential approach to maritime archeology as a working example.

He is a resident of Annapolis, Maryland where he lives with his wife, Lilith, and is currently leading national efforts to
establish the American Clipper Ship Museum. He is also now working with the Fair American Historic Foundation to research, design and build
the 1790 flagship of King Kamehameha’s war fleet that helped unify the Hawaiian islands.
The research and design of the whaling ship John Howland has also been completed for the US/Japan Maritime Foundation. The whaling ship rescued the
young Japanese fisherman Manjiro in 1841 and brought him to America. The hapless castaway later returned to Japan to
become one of that nation’s great educators. Construction of the vessel will begin in Monterey, California in 2005.


Taylor Allen
Builder, Rockport Marine

Taylor Allen has been building boats all of his adult life. In 1962, his father Luke Allen founded Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine where Taylor worked during the summers and after school during his teen-aged years, crafting, designing, restoring and refitting boats.

He continued to work at Rockport Marine after graduation from Amherst College and was named its president in 1980. Since then, the boatyard has expanded annually in size and in scope, building and restoring hundreds of boats over the years, both power and sail. Most notable were a 32′ cutter, a 46′ sloop, a 28′ ketch and the 76′ cold molded sloop White Wings, launched in 1998.

White Wings was the biggest boat ever built by Rockport Marine – until Lynx. When Lynx was launched in July 2001, she was the first square topsail schooner to be launched in Rockport since 1885.

Since the launch of Lynx, Mr. Allen has continued to oversee the restoration and construction of dozens of vessels, ranging from 30′ sloops to 80′ schooners. The father of three children, Mr. Allen is married to Martha White, the daughter of the legendary boat builder Joel White.


Captain Martyn Clark
Sail Training Consultant

As an educational consultant to Lynx, Captain Martyn Clark has set up all sail training activities for the schooner including its curriculums, programs, syllabuses, methodologies and staffing. As a current director of the American Sail Training Association, based in Newport, Rhode Island, Captain Clark advises more than 240 programs on various vessels, making him “more than qualified for this duty,” says Woodson K. Woods, executive director of Woods Maritime.

As founder and executive director of the Sail and Life Training (SALTS) based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Captain Clark has dedicated most of his adult life to sailing and maritime education. SALTS currently trains approximately 1,000 young people a year and is Canada’s largest sail training organization. It was cited in 1998 as the best sailing training program in North America by the American Sail Training Association, having been selected from more than 250 ships and organizations.

Captain Clark’s successful experience in sailing and teaching as well as restoring and managing large vessels has resulted in numerous awards and citations over the past 30 years. Starting in 1981, he and his wife Margaret restored the schooner Robertson II and developed its sail training programs. They also built the brigantine Spirit of Chemainus and schooners Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace, all of which have been honored for their design and construction.

A native of Toronto, Ontario and the father of five daughters, Captain Clark has also won awards for his seamanship and restorations. Author of nautical articles, travel accounts and short stories, he holds several honorary titles and awards.


Victor Suthren
Maritime History Consultant

The former director general of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Victor Suthren is responsible for developing the historical accuracy of the 1812 privateer Lynx. His celebrated accomplishments in the field of maritime and military history have made him an expert in historical reenactments in both the United States and Canada.

An internationally renowned historian specializing in 18th and 19th century maritime history, Mr. Suthren also currently holds positions as Canadian representative to HM Bark Endeavour Foundation in Australia; guest curator at the David M. Stewart Museum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and historical advisor to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

A distinguished cultural consultant and executive specializing in designing historic pageantry and reenactments, he wrote the Edward Mainwaring series of naval adventure novels. In addition to being the author of several non-fiction historical studies, Mr. Suthren is the author of two major works, THE WAR OF 1812 and TO GO UPON DISCOVERY: JAMES COOK IN CANADA, 1758-1779. His latest book is THE SEA HAS NO END: THE LIFE OF LOUIS ANTOINE DE BOUGAINVILLE.

Mr. Suthren is also known an entertaining raconteur and storyteller and is a frequent lecturer on historic maritime topics. A fellow in the Royal Society of Arts, he is an experienced sailor in traditional vessels and has helped to ascertain historical correctness and period authenticity for the Lynx crew.

The father of three grown children, Mr. Suthren lives in Ottawa with his wife, Lindsay. He holds the honorary rank of captain in the Canadian Navy, being a commissioned member of its Navy Reserve, in addition to memberships in the Canadian Nautical Research Society and the North American Society of Oceanic History.


Austin C. Carpenter
Ordnance Consultant

Austin C. Carpenter is the author of Cannon: The Conservation, Reconstruction and Presentation of Historic Artillery, supervised the production of the armament. He is also a member of the Arms and Armour Society, the Royal Archaeological Institute and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London.
Assisting in ordnance research was Donald R. Crandall of Monkton, New Brunswick, Canada. A smoothbore cannon interpreter and restorer, Mr. Crandall has written a book about the discovery and restoration of cannons on the island of Montserrat.

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